We need to move forward, not back
West Virginians have been pushing to get their elected officials to listen to their voices and not repeal the Affordable Care Act. Here’s a sample of what just one of our events looked like.
In West Virginia, the threat of repeal is felt especially painfully. Tens of thousands could lose their insurance and the economy could be hit hard if it’s passed. That’s why thousands of us have been getting together and speaking out—like we did on June 25, when we gathered to share and listen to health care stories that show how important Obamacare has been for West Virginia, and to stress that any changes to it should improve the law, not repeal it.
Repeal would be costly
A small business owner from Alaska shares how Obamacare has helped her enterprise—and speaks out against repeal.
In 2014, I started a small business. As soon as I started hiring people, I knew I wanted to provide insurance for my employees to stay competitive and decrease turnover, but also because offering quality health care was the right thing to do. I can say for certain that the Affordable Care Act has strengthened my business—and that losing it would be costly.
Anna from Maine wrestles with what her family can do to take care of her daughter if Obamacare is repealed.
For this mother and bed-and-breakfast owner in Maine, Obamacare has made it so she doesn't have to choose between her mortgage or her daughter's life-saving medications—but repeal threatens to take that away.
13 guys in a secret room
A small group of legislators are deciding the fate of our health care behind closed doors.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is fighting to defend the patient protections and expanded care that Obamacare has provided to tens of millions of Americans—no cabal of secretive senators will slow her down.
Not just a number
Sarah's son Adam has the potential to be a tremendously successful college student. But with Adam's pre-existing condition, this administration's proposed Medicaid overhaul could place major obstacles in his way.
"I'm not dead yet."
A terminal cancer patient from Rep. Rodney's district in southern Illinois vows to defend the progress of Obamacare and asks for help calling out the rubber stamp reps in Congress.
The morning that I was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, I could've sworn to you that I was perfectly healthy. I had a run, lifted weights, played basketball. Then, out of nowhere, I'm on the ground having a seizure—the scary kind you see in movies or on TV.
Valerie Jarrett, Former Senior Advisor to President Obama, reflects on the tremendous progress we made under President Obama to advance equality for LGBT individuals—and how our work is more important than ever.
Progress for LGBT individuals isn't guaranteed under this administration. This Pride month is our chance to look back on what we've achieved, but we have to get to work, organize, mobilize, and keep pushing forward.
"I repeat: Coverage matters."
I can tell you this: You don't get to be my age without gaining at least a few pre-existing conditions.
Did Representative Issa know if our premiums would go up? Or down? No.
Did he know if more people would be able to find affordable, quality coverage? No.
Did he even wait for expert analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office before voting in favor of it? No, he did not.
Disappointing and embarrassing
The Paris Agreement represented a clear statement of our country's moral leadership on climate change. Pulling out of it sends a signal to the rest of the world that we don't honor our commitments.
This administration's decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement abandons the best opportunity we have to protect the health and well-being of American families and our children's future—but we don't have to stay silent.
Keeping a promise
Former White House Communications Director Jen Psaki shares her take on this administration's irresponsible and dangerous decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.
Any way you slice it, pulling out of Paris is the wrong move. It's bad for jobs. It's bad for our relationship with the rest of the world. It's bad for our health and safety, our national security, our air, and our water.
What I know
Six years ago in Tucson, Arizona, a shooter opened fire on a group of constituents gathered to speak with their representative, Gabrielle Giffords. Six were killed, and more than a dozen others—including Rep. Giffords—were injured. One of the survivors reflects on her experience—and how access to health care has made all the difference for her recovery.
I know that time does stand still.
I know that total strangers will put themselves in danger to save the lives of others.
I know that it is possible to watch the light go out of another person's eyes. I do not know if it is possible to live with that knowledge. I do know that I will try.
I know that I’m only walking now because of Obamacare.
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“A lot of people will be in a lot of trouble if they let this happen.”
A small-business owner in Florida worries that the repeal of the Affordable Care Act could mean the end of his medication—or worse.
I’m scared to death that I’m going to lose my health care. If Obamacare is repealed, I just might, because of my pre-existing condition—and then I’ll have to choose between death or severe illness and bankruptcy.
Repeal could mean the exchanges and subsidies would stop working for me, and my premiums would skyrocket because of my pre-existing condition. I might have to divorce my partner of 22 years to declare bankruptcy and sell the house. It’s the only way I’d be able to afford my medication. We just got married last year.
This is about people's lives
No parent, or grandparent, should have to lay awake at night wondering whether or not they can afford to care for their loved ones.
More than 20 million people have gained coverage under Obamacare, and the uninsured rate has never been lower. But according to the Congressional Budget Office's latest analysis, if Obamacare opponents are successful in their repeal efforts, you could be forced to pay more for less care or you could be at risk of losing health care coverage altogether.
What I want my sons to know
Rep. Denham didn't fight for people like me. But I'll be fighting every day so that he and his colleagues in Congress are held accountable for their vote to take away health care from me and millions of others.
I’m a single mom of a 17-year-old and a 13-year-old. I’ve had a heart condition for several years, but last July, I was diagnosed with the "root of all evil,” as my family calls it: an autoimmune disease called systemic scleroderma. I rely on Medicaid to survive—and even though I’ve spoken directly to my representative, Jeff Denham, and even though he promised he’d vote against it, he rubber-stamped the AHCA.
He needs to know that my voice is real. That people in positions like me won’t forget this—and my sons, even if they can’t vote yet, will remember it, too.
The administration's recent executive order is an attempt to curb voting rights and roll back the progress we've won through decades of hard work.
It's only been 54 years since I marched with my brothers and sisters from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
It's only been 54 years since we were jailed, beaten, and killed for trying to cast a vote. For trying to participate in democracy, in the United States of America.
This isn't ancient history. It's the experience of my life.