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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.

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  • "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?"

  • 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.

  • This is about our future

    The vote on the Senate's disastrous repeal bill will have consequences for millions of Americans.

    Actor and activist Debra Messing has never shied away from speaking out. Read why she's dedicated to saving our health care for generations to come.

  • My Pride

    Progress isn't inevitable—we need to continue to fight to protect our hard-won advances.

    Ambassador Rufus Gifford recalls the joy he felt when he married his partner and pledges to continue the fight for LGBTQ equality.

  • 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.

  • For shame

    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.

  • Left in the dark

    There's only one way to make good legislation: to let the light shine in.

    Senator Brian Schatz and his colleagues in the Senate are speaking out against Obamacare opponents' disastrous bill.

  • 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 believe the fundamental role of government is to protect our citizens, especially our most vulnerable. You don't get any more vulnerable than the sick and disabled."

  • "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.

  • Pride

    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.

    Photo credit: JPetersenPhotography

  • “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.