My daughter’s letter to Senator Collins regarding the ACA

My daughter’s letter to Senator Collins of Maine regarding the Affordable Care Act. #aca #obamacare

Senator Susan Collins,

I am writing on behalf of my grandmother, Priscilla Hinckley, a resident of Vienna, Maine. Senator Collins, we implore you on the behalf of your constituents to please halt the efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Without something in place to cover those people left behind, you would be damaging the lives of thousands in your own state. You have shown yourself to be a moderate and clearheaded politician in the past who is not afraid to vote with the other side of the aisle when you feel that the needs of Mainers are at stake. Please this is one of those times.

I know you have said that you would not repeal the ACA without a guarantee of something to replace it, and yet on Wednesday you voted with the Republican party to start doing just that! What happened to your fight to slow the repeal process? I don’t think empty promises of some vague new plan made by party leadership is enough. Congress has proved too many times that it is more capable of tearing things down than building things up. The American public and the people of Maine cannot wait as politics play with their lives. My grandmother and the rest of my family cannot wait.

My family has been deeply invested in the public health of Mainers for a many years. My grandfather was Edward Hinckley, the first commissioner of Indian Affairs in Maine, who fought long and hard to improve the quality of life on our reservations. He also co-founded the Maine Association for Infant Mental Health because he couldn’t stand by and watch Maine’s children fall behind due to a lack of education about mental health, and not enough help for the families.

My grandfather spent his life giving everything he had to the well being of the citizens of Maine. When he passed, he didn’t leave behind much in the way of money for his family, but he did leave behind the knowledge that change can happen if you care enough about your fellow citizens. That we can all do our part when it comes to protecting one another. Please. Don’t dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Don’t let 95,000 Mainers lose their coverage. Fix the problems that the act has, move the country forward, don’t take the easy way out and give up on your constituents.

Thank you very much for your time,

Shireen Hinckley