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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.

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  • 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 If Obamacare is repealed, I just might, because of my pre-existing condition—and then I’ll have to choose between death or severe illness and bankruptcy.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.

  • 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.

  • "Voter Fraud"

    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.

  • Wealthcare

    The House bill to repeal Obamacare is unimaginably cruel—we can't let it go any farther.

    What they did was pathetic. And we have to do everything we can to make sure their garbage bill never becomes law.

  • The most basic truth

    Every single person is impacted by health issues at some point in their lives.

    Congress' decisions on our health care affect every single American. We must collectively decide to care for one another, and our policies should reflect that.

  • The current Supreme Court fight: An explainer

    What is "cloture," and what does the "nuclear option" actually do? Answers to these questions and more in this explainer.

    Senator Mitch McConnell and his caucus in the Senate have spent the last year blocking President Obama's consensus nominee to the Supreme Court—an explicitly partisan move in blatant disregard for their constitutional responsibility. As the majority party, McConnell and his colleagues are trying to rewrite the rules to ram through Judge Gorsuch, a nominee whose extreme views don't represent the mainstream. Here's a digest that'll help you break down what's actually going on, what some of the jargon means, and why it's so important for us to push back.

  • Health care is a right

    ...not a privilege for the wealthy few.

    I will fight every single attempt to turn a deaf ear, a blind eye, and a cold shoulder to the sick, to our seniors, and to working families. I will fight every day, every hour, every minute, and every second. And you should keep fighting too.

  • A message from Jim Messina: What the defeat of the repeal bill means

    Two months ago, this was unimaginable. Don't ever let anyone tell you organizing doesn't matter.

    Last Friday, due to public outcry and increasing pressure, the bill to repeal Obamacare was withdrawn. This win reaffirms that when we stand up for what's right, we can overcome remarkable odds. That when we organize, speak out, and take action, Washington hears our message loud and clear.

  • OFA welcomes more than 650 new fellows

    We're not just organizing for right now—we're building this movement for the fights to come. These brand new OFA fellows are in it for the long run.

    Over the last two weekends of trainings, more than 650 inspiring change-makers have officially joined the OFA Fellowship. Those are 650 people, sprinkled throughout the country, who aren't just talking about what needs changing—they're gearing up and getting trained to actually do something about it. See what these passionate organizers are up to.

  • As a Republican, I vehemently opposed Obamacare. Then it saved my life.

    My wife and I had always assumed that if you had money, you could get treatment. We were wrong—six weeks away from being dead wrong.

    I was a lifelong Republican and even worked on the Reagan and Bush campaigns. When Obamacare became law, I vehemently opposed it, as I recently shared on live television as I asked Paul Ryan a question during a CNN Town Hall.

    But then Obamacare saved my life.

  • Mercy

    Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy reflects on mercy and its role in the U.S. health care system in a special message to OFA supporters.

    There is no mercy in a system that makes health care a luxury. There is no mercy in a country that turns its back on those that are most in need of protection: the elderly, the poor, the sick, and the suffering.

    Speaker Ryan's health care bill is no act of mercy. It is an act of malice.

  • 24 million people

    The numbers are out on the House bill to repeal Obamacare—and the outlook is grim for the health of millions of Americans.

    After weeks of congressional committees flying blind towards repealing Obamacare, the nonpartisan analysts in the Congressional Budget Office finally released their score of congressional leaders' repeal bill. Spoiler: It's terrible news for tens of millions of Americans.

  • Obamacare: The majority of Americans now say “don’t repeal”

    Obamacare is more popular than ever, but with opponents of the law firmly in control of government, its future remains more uncertain than ever.

    “My family has been in the Ozarks since the 1800s. We are historically a Republican family, we are a farming family, we’re an NRA family, we’re an army family.” That’s how 25-year-old Kati McFarland prefaced her question to Senator Tom Cotton at his Arkansas Town Hall meeting on February 23.

    And then, she added:

    “Without the coverage for pre-existing conditions, I will ...

  • Doctor's note: Obamacare is working. Improve it, don't repeal it.

    Millions of hard-working Americans can finally afford insurance because of the Affordable Care Act. Let's fix it, not destroy it.

    I care for a variety of patients, including many hard-working Mainers who previously took a chance with their health by forgoing coverage because of the unaffordable deductibles and premiums. They were just too expensive.

    Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed, I now see patients every day who are finally able to get care for chronic medical conditions (like high blood pressure and diabetes) and ...

  • Defending Obamacare: Two months in

    OFA organizers, trainers, and volunteers had a busy February as they work to channel the passion and energy across the country to save Obamacare from repeal and dismantlement.

    February flew by in a flurry of action, training, and new engagement in order to defend Obamacare from repeal and dismantlement by opponents in Congress. Check out the latest wrap-up of what OFA organizers, trainers, and volunteers have been up to as they work to save the law that's helping tens of millions of Americans.

  • The secret health care plan they're hiding

    House leadership has a new version of their Obamacare repeal bill. They just don't want us to see it.

    Congressional leaders know that an Obamacare repeal bill won't be popular. So instead of showing their plan to the public, they're keeping it in a guarded basement room on Capitol Hill.