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Letter: Innovations like ACA met early bumps

The Internet health insurance exchange on Oct.

The Internet health insurance exchange on Oct. 21, 2013. Credit: Getty Images

One of your letter writers called out Long Island Democrats for supporting the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare [" 'Centrist' Dems and Obamacare," March 20].

In making his case, the writer accused these Democrats of using "liberal utopian talking points." Let's remember that facts can be very different from talking points.

So far, more than 5 million people have signed on to the ACA, and it looks as though the revised target of 6 million by March 31 will be met. This is fact, not a talking point.

The ACA has allowed American parents to keep their children on their policies until age 26. The ACA has enabled people to get medical insurance for the first time, without facing denial of coverage because of pre-existing conditions.

The writer refers to Obamacare as the "presently unworkable health care law." Unworkable? The citizens of Massachusetts are very happy with their version of the ACA, begun by a Republican governor named Mitt Romney.

Obamacare can work, if given a chance. Every major undertaking in this country, from Social Security to Medicare, had problems at the start. Obamacare is no different. Let's see how it works, and if necessary, fixes can be made.

Simply criticizing without offering any alternative doesn't get the job done.

Peter Larkin, Bayside