To the Editor:

Those who are advising an uninsured relative or friend not to sign up for the health insurance offered by the Affordable Care Act should be willing to give up their own health insurance. If they are unwilling to follow their own advice, then they should stop giving it.

Health insurance is so beneficial to your health, that companies that offer health insurance are more productive because insured workers take 52 percent fewer sick days than their uninsured co-workers, according to Medical Expenditure Panel Survey in the Social Science Research Network. The American Journal of Public Health concluded that 44,789 Americans die every year simply because they do not have health insurance. The Journal of Pediatric Surgery found that uninsured children were more than three times as likely to die from traumatic injuries as children with commercial insurance.

So if you care about those around you, please urge them to sign up for either commercial insurance or Medicaid for those with low income through the website www.healthcare.gov before March 31 when open enrollment ends for 2014.

Julie Stewart Ziesman, Waukee