Working in the health care system for the past 30 years has made me more than aware of the devastation that happens when an individual is unable to get health insurance. It's an extremely risky situation and can bankrupt you with one hospitalization.

The Republican Congress tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act at every turn in 2017 and now they are trying to take away the protection it provides for people with pre-existing conditions. Many agree-Democrats and Republicans-that a person with a pre-existing condition needs health insurance coverage and should not be denied on that fact. Nearly half of us living in North Dakota have a pre-existing condition and could be found "left out in the cold" without insurance.

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In December, the GOP Congress eliminated the requirement that all Americans have health insurance - a provision of the ACA that balanced out the sick and healthy to keep insurance prices lower. Earlier this year, the Trump administration proposed to expand short-term junk plans, which are not required to cover people with pre-existing conditions.

We're all getting priced out of the health insurance market and the combination of these actions will raise premiums for comprehensive health insurance even more, especially for those who have pre-existing conditions.

Tell the Republican Congress and administration to quit playing politics with our health.

Preston is the owner of Home Instead Senior Care in Fargo.