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ACA lives: Now, let’s finish the work on affordable health care | READER COMMENTARY

This image provided by U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service shows the website for HealthCare.gov. With the Affordable Care Act now secure in the framework of the nation's health care programs, Democrats are eager to leap above and beyond. They want to expand insurance coverage for working-age people and their families, add new benefits to Medicare for older people and reduce prescription drug costs for patients and taxpayers. (U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service via AP)
This image provided by U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service shows the website for HealthCare.gov. With the Affordable Care Act now secure in the framework of the nation's health care programs, Democrats are eager to leap above and beyond. They want to expand insurance coverage for working-age people and their families, add new benefits to Medicare for older people and reduce prescription drug costs for patients and taxpayers. (U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service via AP) (AP)

The recent Sun editorial (”Affordable health care: Supreme Court ruling helps but more to be done,” June 18) had it exactly right: The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act — for the third and, hopefully, final time — was a great victory.

The ACA is here to stay giving more than 30 million Americans, including hundreds of thousands in Maryland, affordable health insurance. This provides them with peace of mind and access to the good care everybody needs. It is time for the stubborn opponents of the ACA to stop trying to repeal this remarkably successful law and work constructively to strengthen our health care system.

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We also thank The Sun for praising the new health subsidies enacted this year by the Maryland General Assembly, which will help lower income young people afford health care insurance. We need to build on this with additional state subsidies and by automatically enrolling people eligible for free or low cost coverage. And we need to make sure that undocumented Marylanders get health care coverage. These measures will benefit all of us by reducing uncompensated hospital care for which we all pay with higher health insurance premiums.

The Affordable Care Act will remain a vital part of our health care system; our job is to finish the work and make sure all Americans have access to high-quality health care.

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Vincent DeMarco, Baltimore

The writer is president of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative.

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