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The struggles of immigrants are part of our American story—what part of that resonates with you the most?

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  • I still have hope

    Though Susan feels anger and fear as Congress threatens to strip away the mental health care her two sons rely on, she still has hope for this country.

    "I can’t really describe the anger I’ve felt following the news about the Obamacare repeal attempts. I’m a writer and an editor and I can’t even find the words to describe the outrage I feel. Repeal is heartless and cruel and unbelievable. Millions of Americans, like my two sons, have serious health issues."

  • What you said about sacrifice

    We asked you to tell us about a time when you witnessed someone sacrifice something out of love. Here are a few of the stories we heard.

    Part II in the series about immigration and DACA continues with personal stories of sacrifice—because we can all relate to the experience of giving something up out of love or appreciation for another, whether or not it was in the context of immigration—and invites you to watch a short but powerful video.

  • What does it mean to sacrifice for love?

    Whether or not we're immigrants ourselves, we all know what it is to sacrifice for love. Here's what people said about their own experience.

    We asked OFA supporters about a time when they witnessed someone make a sacrifice out of love for someone else. Maybe a family member did something at a cost to themselves; maybe a friend made a hard choice for his or her family; or maybe it was a personal sacrifice made for someone they love.

    Read what they had to say.

  • We need more heart than this

    After conquering breast cancer and a severe burn to the arm, Obamacare saved Rebecca’s life.

    “Fifteen years ago, I had Stage III breast cancer. And it was a form of cancer with a marker that did not readily respond to chemotherapy or radiation. Usually people with that marker don’t survive long.”

  • What comes next

    Your hard work since January is what defeated the repeal of Obamacare - a look back, and ahead.

    The fact that an Obamacare repeal failed is an undeniable testament to you. To the calls you made, the letters you wrote, the rallies you attended.

  • American in Every Way

    Young people who have lived in the U.S. since they were small children deserve a chance at the American Dream.

    Young adults who have grown up pledging allegiance to the American flag, singing the Star Spangled Banner, and contributing to our society, shouldn't be persecuted because of their immigration status.

  • Obamacare saved my life

    An Army veteran’s case for selfless service and the Affordable Care Act

    “Let me tell you, pre-existing conditions used to follow you for life. That was until the Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed.”

  • What we're made of

    As the Senate moves forward with a dangerous repeal bill, remember this: There's nothing more American than the belief that our people survive, endure, and rise to fight again.

    When our people are sick, or tired, or terrified, and have given everything they've got ... we do not abandon them.

  • Living with a pre-existing condition in a time of uncertainty

    After a minor, short-lived medical event over a decade ago, I was branded as having a pre-existing condition and couldn’t get affordable coverage. The Affordable Care Act has made quality health insurance accessible again—but repeal could take that assurance away.

    “I never envisioned that a minor, short-lived medical incident could impact my access to health care for the rest of my life. Over the course of eight years, I paid $44,000 in premiums and basic preventative care costs, while the insurance company didn’t pay a dime. I wish we could have that $44,000 back to help pay for college for my two children.”

  • What kind of a mom am I going to be if I don’t get to go to the doctor and take care of myself?

    Amanda, an expecting mother from Ohio, knows firsthand how important Obamacare is. She’s scared that a repeal will dramatically change life for her growing family.

    “My husband has his own small business. I’m currently pregnant, so I’m not working. I plan on not working after my delivery so I can take care of our child. The only way then for us to have insurance is to buy it ourselves. I don’t know what I would do if Obamacare is repealed.”

  • A beyond-terrifying thought

    Heather is a mother from Minnesota whose four children rely on Medicaid for much needed care that isn’t covered by their private insurance. With a potential repeal on the horizon, she fears for their futures.

    "Medical insurance has always been a priority for my husband and me. We were young parents, but we knew we needed insurance and never went without. We thought we were good—even if our kids got sick, we could handle it. Well, the kids did get sick. And then they got sick again."

  • Common sense

    This month, House leaders released a budget proposal giving this administration everything they need to carry out their plans for indiscriminate mass deportation. We have to speak out.

    We live in a nation of immigrants. This administration's extreme agenda violates the very values that make us who we are as Americans.

  • To live their best lives

    A Pennsylvania woman worries the Obamacare repeal would cause her autistic son to lose the services he needs to learn to live independently.

    “When my son Nate was less than 2 years old and diagnosed with autism, the first thing I thought was ‘Jeez, now I really have to deal with insurance.’ We had private insurance at the time, but that didn’t cover anything that was called ‘autism.’ We had to high-tail it to the Medicaid office and get him signed up.”

  • It’s not a time to sit back

    This Florida mother is concerned her daughter will lose the health care she needs to manage her health conditions and lead a normal life.

    Janet’s daughter was born with congenital birth defects, including a cleft palate, which has required 13 reconstructive surgeries as she was growing up—and her medical journey isn’t over yet. Repealing Obamacare would have damaging effects on her day-to-day life. Read on to learn why people like Janet refuse to sit back and let repeal happen.

  • Something to celebrate

    We've worked tirelessly to implement and then defend Obamacare—and today's win shows that

    After years of defending the undeniable progress we've made, today marks a major victory for our movement.

  • Diplomacy Works

    On July 14, 2015, we signed a historic deal that blocked every pathway Iran had to a nuclear weapon. Two years later, even the current administration has certified that it's working.

    John Kerry reflects on the enormous success of the Iran Deal in halting Iran's nuclear weapons program -- and tells us why we must defend the historic agreement.

  • The power of personal stories

    OFA volunteers from Nevada went to Washington D.C. to remind Senator Heller that Obamacare repeal would have damaging impacts on real people’s lives.

    Last week, a group of OFA volunteers flew out to meet with Senator Heller in Washington D.C. to tell him, face to face, just how critical health care is for them—and that repeal would be devastating. They shared their personal stories to illustrate the importance of Obamacare in their lives. Read more to learn about a few of them.

  • We have to keep the pressure on

    Access to health care changes lives. We can't let Senate leaders pass a bill that will cause millions to lose their coverage.

    The health care Wendy Davis received through Planned Parenthood allowed her to pursue higher education. Now, she's speaking out about the devastating consequences if Obamacare opponents are successful in repealing the law.

  • Clear eyes, full hearts

    We are a country full of determination, hope, and compassion. We cannot and will not stay silent on something that fundamentally challenges our values.

    Connie Britton speaks out on Senate leaders' cruel efforts to repeal Obamacare—and why it's so important to keep fighting back.