I am urging the citizens of Maine to contact their U.S. senators and representatives and tell them not to repeal the Affordable Care Act!

It has flaws, it is too complicated and it definitely needs to be worked on and changes made. However, its repeal would be devastating to many people, particularly in the state of Maine. Millions of people around the country would lose their insurance, and the most vulnerable of us would be greatly underserved: the sick, the elderly and those with disabilities.

To ramrod a poorly designed medical plan through Congress without a hearing (which President Trump is trying to do) would be a disaster. An issue of this magnitude needs time, thought, professional expertise and a thorough knowledge of our very complex health care system. If an impartial hearing was held, perhaps a plan could be developed that would be acceptable to both parties – which would be important for its ultimate success.

Janet S. Houghton

member, Maine Providers Standing Up for Health Care

Cape Elizabeth