The federal Affordable Care Act is a program to assist self-employed people and those whose employers do not provide health insurance, such as restaurant workers, car wash employees and gardeners ["Obamacare debate enters new phase," Letters, July 1].

Why do opponents believe that it's perfectly all right for Medicare to pay the medical expenses of elderly people and for Medicaid to pay the medical expenses for the poor, but that the government should not provide assistance in purchasing health insurance to those who often work multiple jobs but don't have insurance?

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The ACA also prohibits insurance companies from refusing to cover pre-existing conditions or imposing lifetime limits on coverage for cancer and other serious illnesses. It allows parents to insure children up to 26 years old.

Opponents typically are those who already receive these benefits from their employers or from Medicare, or who buy into the misinformation that the ACA is a welfare program for those who choose not to work.

Gary Zucker, East Meadow

Editor's note: The writer is a lawyer.