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March 23, 2012

This important healthcare reform was passed for the one-third of Americans who previously did not have access to health insurance. It wasn't supposed to affect the other two-thirds who were happy with their healthcare.

I am a registered nurse in a nonprofit outpatient setting with patients who are mostly uninsured. The hardest part of my job is trying to find affordable services for patients who need care beyond our scope of practice. As the first benefits of the Affordable Care Act have kicked in, I have seen the positive difference it has made in patients' lives.

We are able to give needed information to young adults to help them get back on to their parents' insurance plans. And taxpayers don't pay for this — the young adults or their parents do. Now they have access to health insurance.

Does this hurt any of the two-thirds who say it hasn't affected them? Aren't they at least pleased that someone else may not be financially ruined if they are ill?

Susan Wong

Orange

As a frequent visitor overseas and a retired hospital employee in an allied health profession, I can't for the life of me understand my fellow Americans who are so against health reform. It is not government-run — the insurance companies are still in charge, but they will be regulated to some degree. Our premiums will go toward medical care with emphasis on quality and efficiency, and, with everybody "in the pool," eventually at a lower cost.

This reform is a long-term fix, not instant gratification. The Western industrialized countries have had health systems in place for decades. It is about time we fix our system so we can compete in this global economy.

Diane Welch

Cypress

Citing one of the early benefits of "Obamacare," the Times mentions that "adult children" can remain on their parent's coverage until they are 26.

There are no adult children, only adults who act or are treated like children. There are progeny, offspring and "my kids." Your son may be 24, but he is not a child, I hope.

Obamacare and the nanny state treat people like children. They can drink, drive and vote, but they are not responsible enough to pay their way, although that's the least-expensive age bracket for buying insurance.

Covering adult children costs someone or something. Nothing is free. Even lunch from a Democrat.

David Goodwin

Los Angeles

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