Health insurance is vital

In his first day in office, President Trump began to dismantle the Affordable Care Act ("Order on health law," Saturday). As a citizen, a resident of southern Chester County, and a leader of a nonprofit providing health care to the underserved, I must speak out on the critical role health insurance plays in the success of individuals, families, and communities.

Medical bills are the top cause of bankruptcy nationally. Medical issues and conditions, left untreated, worsen and leave people unable to work and support themselves and their families. When people lack insurance, they are forced to visit emergency rooms, causing overcrowding and a financial burden on hospitals.

People with insurance are healthier and more financially stable, and they are also able to contribute to the cost of their own care. Without reliable reimbursement from insurance providers, hospitals and doctors' offices cannot afford to care for people. A strong foundation of affordable insurance for all is the backbone for a healthy nation and a healthy economy.

Federally Qualified Health Centers such as La Comunidad Hispana provide an important safety net for uninsured and underinsured families. Many of our patients rely on the ACA for coverage. I hope that our leaders understand the importance of affordable coverage for our nation's health.

|Alisa M. Jones, president and CEO, La Comunidad Hispana, Kennett Square

Trump's amazing start

I'm super psyched that President Trump acted on his campaign promise of building a wall on our southern border in the opening days of his administration ("Trump moves on border wall, 'sanctuary cities,' " Thursday). That wall will protect America from illegal immigration that takes away jobs and lowers wages, keep illegal drugs from infecting our communities - not to mention the gangs that traffic this poison - and be a national security asset against terrorism.

Given the outrageous burden illegal immigration is on our national resources, it's clear to see that the wall will pay for itself within a month's time, and over its 10,000-year life span will save taxpayers quadrillions of dollars that would be far better used than supporting destitute and illiterate people and incarcerating criminals who shouldn't be here in the first place. This wall will easily go down in history as the greatest capital investment of all time.

Trump is off to an amazing start of his presidency that has him on a trajectory of cracking into the top five of the greatest presidents in U.S. history. I don't envy his Democratic "sacrificial lamb" opponent in 2020.

|Eugene R. Dunn, Medford, N.Y.,

SEPTA dropped the ball

Given the number of attendees expected Saturday at the Women's March on Philadelphia, you would think SEPTA might have been prepared to deploy more trains on the Regional Rail system ("Long waits and delayed trains in Phila.," Sunday). Maybe that's just too much to ask. I missed the march because I couldn't get a train into Philadelphia. This major metropolitan area deserves better public transportation and better planning.

|Karen M. Kaplan, Ambler

Flip side of house flipping

The article "Flipping for fun, profit" (Sunday) painted a limited view of house-flipping investors, failing to recognize the social good and economic benefits that fix-and-flip investors deliver to neighborhoods.

Federal researchers' conclusion that house-flipping largely caused the Great Recession is incorrect. The principal cause of the housing bubble and its subsequent collapse was the plethora of irresponsible lenders who wrote bad mortgages, providing funds to people with insufficient income or creditworthiness to repay their loans. Similarly, flippers were able to acquire funding for speculative projects and then resell properties at artificially inflated prices. Like the many homeowners who were saddled with loans they could not afford, house flippers were victimized by the lending industry's predatory policies and practices.

It is misguided to suggest that house-flippers could contribute to the overheating of housing markets. As a real-estate professional with a doctorate in marketing who has worked with many fix-and-flip investors in New Jersey, I've seen the good that flippers do for our communities. By rehabbing dilapidated homes, flippers eliminate eyesore properties and community blight. They add to the supply of attractive and competitively priced housing stock and improve the neighborhood's property values.

|Jonathan E. Brill, Cherry Hill,