Twenty million Americans and more than 500,000 Coloradans are at risk. Twenty million people who are your neighbors, worship with you, attend school with your children, sit next to you at the cafe. Twenty million people in the waiting room of your doctor or your dentist. Twenty million people who stand to lose their health care if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed.
As physicians, we know these people. We care for them, we laugh and cry with them. We partner with them to ensure they are healthier than before we met. We became doctors to care for human beings, to promote health, and to alleviate suffering. Above all, we all pledged an oath to do no harm.
We are able to care for these 20 million because the ACA gave them access to us, providing a route into the health care system for many that was previously closed. We know that if the access for these 20 million people disappears, they are likely to become sicker and more likely to die. If the promise to repeal the law is realized, and these 20 million lose their health insurance, we will be doing harm. Great harm. Regardless of your politics, providing all these people with health insurance is good for them, and for our country.