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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.

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  • 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 I don’t know what I would do if Obamacare is repealed.”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.

  • What really matters

    A survivor’s battle against cancer took on a different form when she found out her son had a unique type of thyroid cancer. Now she is advocating for the Affordable Care Act, which has kept her child alive—and which he still needs to continue fighting.

    Julie believed her battle with cancer was over when she herself defeated it. But in 2014, her 23-year-old son received a cancer diagnosis. Thanks to Obamacare, he was able to gain access to much needed health care. Read on to find out why people like Julie are urging Americans to not get bogged down by partisanship but instead focus on what’s really important: access to life-saving treatment.

  • A chance to create a better life

    For this single mother and full-time student, Medicaid not only means necessary care for her 8-year-old son but the ability to focus on working towards the career of her dreams.

    "When my son was two years old—so, about six years ago—we were in a car accident that left him with a severe brain injury, resulting in both physical and intellectual delays. After the accident, he was in the hospital for about five months, during which time we weren’t sure how his eyesight was or much of anything about his emotions."

    Read Jaclyn's story.

  • A broken system

    The bill that Senate leaders are pushing will take us back to a broken system.

    The Senate bill will reverse so much of the progress we've made under Obamacare.

  • They said they had a better plan. They don't.

    Senate leaders' repeal bill doesn't come close to measuring up to Obamacare.

    For Former Deputy White House Press Secretary Bill Burton, the fight for affordable health care was personal. Now, he's speaking out against attempts to repeal the law helping millions get quality care.

  • We have a voting problem in America

    This administration is willing to go to extreme lengths to collect the information it needs to lay the groundwork for voter suppression.

    We have to fight back against anything that makes voting harder—whether it's extreme identification requirements, voter intimidation, or new and extreme voter registration processes. Say you'll get involved.

  • Welcome, fellows!

    OFA's 2017 summer fellowships just kicked off in more than 20 states across the country, from Pennsylvania to Oregon—bringing hundreds of new organizers together to create change in their communities.

    If you need some inspiration in the midst of a seemingly endless cycle of anxiety-inducing news stories, look no further than OFA's latest class of summer fellows. The summer fellowship just got started, and for the next six weeks, they'll be developing organizing skills and building local networks to lead the call for change in their own communities. Check out what they had to say and follow along their journey.

  • "Mean"

    Taking healthcare away from our country's Veterans to serve the needs of the wealthy is not just "mean"—it is unacceptable.

    Repealing Obamacare eliminates health benefits that our Veterans deserve.

  • Who this hurts

    Repealing Obamacare would devastate millions of Americans—including those who need our help the most.

    Jamie Lee Curtis is standing up for the millions of women and children who rely on Medicaid.

  • "I will not be quiet."

    Debbie's husband—who has stage four kidney disease—is depending on Obamacare to get the care he needs. She won't stay silent as this administration continues its cruel efforts to repeal this law.

    "If people like us don't have money for treatments and medications, what are we going to do? If my husband doesn't have good, affordable health insurance, what are the options?"