I spoke to my younger sister yesterday, and she is really upset about the GOP nay-sayers that are trying to kill the ACA. She is a health educator, and she is working with several regional health providers to enlist poor and elderly people into one of Maine's two participating insurances. She told me about an older man that qualified for a Silver plan for $2/month. He told her that he could afford more coverage and picked a more extensive plan for $26/mo. Another old guy had pretty good dental health and wanted dental insurance. With his income and discounts it would have cost him $30/mo. My sister talked him out of it, telling him that if he went in for routine examinations and cleanings, it would only cost him about $50/visit, so he is all set. The people on the front lines know this stuff, and they are quite pissed at the GOP's efforts to kill the program. Anything we can do to get more people insured and reduce the costs of health care should be welcome. Every uninsured person who heads to the ER when they are sick costs us all money, and if they haven't been getting regular preventive care, the costs can be a lot higher.