‘Obamacare’ rules essential

I would like to thank Faye Miller for her column “What ACA ruling means for local health,” in the Dec. 26 Atchison Globe edition.

I was worried a lot when I first heard about the U.S. District Court in Texas ruling that suggests the Affordable Health Care Act, sometimes known as Obamacare, is unconstitutional.

Because my husband and I are planning to adopt a baby soon, we may depend on “Obamacare” to protect our unborn baby. Our adoption agency tells us that our yet-unknown birth mother will need medical coverage at some point.

We’re not sure yet from which state our birth mother will come. She’ll hopefully pick us on our adoption website. If we’re lucky, she will come from a state with good health coverage for pregnant women, as Kansas does with KanCare.

I hope the coverage is good enough for her and for our baby until our child can get on our own medical insurance. We hope to protect ourselves and our birth mother from financial ruin. We don’t have a lot of control over her access to healthcare.

It made me feel better knowing that if some coverage through the ACA was out there, we would have that option to place her on that. It is vital that these services continue.

Thanks to Ms. Miller and Atchison Hospital for advocating for a course of action that will help my birth mother choose life.

— MELISSA BOWER Atchison

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