To the editor:
The media spin cycle following the Supreme Court's ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act misses what is important about the court's decision: the law itself, and the hope it provides recent graduates, hardworking individuals, and struggling families in Iowa and across the country. The court's decision was not in favor of Republicans or Democrats; it was in favor of the 40 million uninsured and 30 million underinsured who will no longer be forced to choose between medical care and keeping their households afloat.
After graduating from Grinnell College in May, I was lucky enough to find a job that lets me buy into an affordable health care plan. Many of my peers were not. In this economy, they face unemployment or employment that doesn't provide adequate health care.
Thankfully, the ACA will allow young Iowans to stay insured through their parents' plans until they can manage on their own. It will also lower health care costs for every Iowan with improved preventive care, lowered administrative costs and increased competition through an online healthcare market.
Now that the court has spoken, Iowa lawmakers must put aside partisan bickering and implement this law so that struggling Iowans - young and old - can benefit from more affordable, higher quality care.