Health-care law provides needed help for children.

The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act drew more ire from Republicans in Congress who consider it an intrusive, costly mandate.

Left to face the reality that the health-care law is constitutional, GOP leaders continue grandstanding with futile efforts to repeal the law.

That said, we know the law isn't perfect. With some careful thought and consideration, it could be fine-tuned if Republicans could manage to reach across the aisle as part of a bipartisan effort.

But when it comes to the law's potential to help children, there's little to debate.

In Kansas alone, the law promises to give many of 60,000 uninsured children access to health-care coverage.

It also guarantees that youngsters with pre-existing conditions would be guaranteed coverage when they need it most a tremendous relief to parents seeking care for children with special health-care needs such as cancer, asthma, a birth defect or other physical or intellectual disabilities.

The nation desperately needed strategies to get more children covered, and the sad situation in Kansas alone would be proof.

A 2011 report put the Sunflower State last in the nation in progress when it came to insuring children between 2008 and 2010, as the number of uninsured children in the state increased by nearly 8,000.

The issue really hits home in southwest Kansas, as Hispanic children are among those who remain disproportionately uninsured.

Children of the working poor have been among the more vulnerable. When employers cut or drop benefits available to employees, more families cannot afford insurance. Youngsters in that predicament joined the fastest-growing group of uninsured children in Kansas.

Those who've dismissed the health-care law also should consider the need to invest in the future. Americans who have access to health care will seek preventive medicine that wards off more serious and costly ailments.

This state and nation cannot afford the price we eventually would pay for turning our backs on those in need, and our youngsters in particular.

Any law even one as controversial as the Affordable Care Act that contributes to children's future well-being does indeed have merit.