I take medications every day that grant me control over my reproductive health and the ability to manage my depression and anxiety symptoms. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act’s provision that allows me to stay on my parents health insurance until I am 26, those medication costs are manageable, plus I am able to access mental health counseling when I need it.

I am about to graduate college and be thrown into an uncertain, project-based economy, where it is difficult to find a full-time job with health coverage. The ACA allows me to retain coverage to get the medications I need while I get on my feet.

Almost six months ago, Rep. Bruce Poliquin voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and strip health coverage from more than 100,000 Mainers. His actions are taking the state backward, and Mainers like myself cannot afford another two years under his representation.

Emily Manter, Lewiston

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