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  • 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    Last Friday, due to public outcry and increasing pressure, the bill to repeal Obamacare was withdrawn.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.

  • Welcome to OFA's newest mentors!

    New OFA fellows managers and campus coaches from across the country met up recently in Chicago for a "coaches huddle," where they leaned on each other to prep for a spring full of training new organizers.

    Last weekend, 46 leaders from 24 states—passionate volunteers that have stepped up to manage Community Engagement Fellowship participants and mentor students in OFA's Campus Academy—huddled together in Chicago to get trained on the tools and best practices they'll need to make their programs a success.

  • Why I'm speaking up on Obamacare

    For years, I didn't know what was wrong with my health. Thanks to Obamacare, I'm getting the care I need.

    Tens of millions of people—myself included—depend on Obamacare to get quality, affordable care. We can't sit by and let opponents of the law repeal rip that away from us.

  • Make recess count

    Members of Congress are on recess and back in their home districts this week. If you're planning to meet with them, we've got a guide to help you out.

    If you're planning to attend a community meeting with your elected officials this week while Congress is on recess, do it right—check out OFA's Recess Toolkit to help you make the biggest impact.

  • They're even arresting DREAMers now

    A DREAMer with no criminal record was just arrested. He's 23 years old. He has no criminal record. He has a three-year-old son. He's been living in the U.S. for 16 years. But he was just arrested in his father's home.

    This is the latest escalation of the administration's deportation efforts, which have been marked by disturbing reports of largely indiscriminate raids. This isn't just an attack on a single individual—it's a foreboding sign of what's to come if we don't fight back, and a threat to the hundreds of thousands of DREAMers living in this country.

  • Get the facts: Truth Team Digest

    A special-edition deep-dive into U.S. immigration, refugees, and national security implications.

    Less than a week into their new session, congressional leaders are already taking steps to repeal Obamacare. Let's look a little more closely at what repeal would mean.

    Plus a couple of things you can do right now to make your voice heard on this issue.

  • It's adding up

    Here's how OFA volunteers are moving the needle on the fight to protect Obamacare. (And this is just from January. More to come.)

    From phonebanks and letters-to-the-editor writing parties to media events and marches, OFA volunteers are taking action in all kinds of ways to defend the progress of Obamacare. Take a look at how they're organizing and mobilizing to meet the moment—not just in the short term, but for as long as necessary to protect access to affordable, quality coverage for millions of Americans.

  • A message from Secretary Madeleine Albright: America's core values

    Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright—a political refugee herself—shares a special message about the recent executive orders targeting some of the world's most vulnerable populations.

    "There is no fine print on the Statue of Liberty, and today she is weeping."

    America has been made stronger by the value we've placed on sheltering those seeking refuge. Any misguided and discriminatory action to turn vulnerable people away from our shores goes against our core principles.

    Read Secretary Albright's reflections on last week's executive order on immigrants and refugees.

  • We won't be silent

    Yesterday, we learned that leaders in Washington, D.C. are moving forward with actions to target the vulnerable among us. Speak up if you agree that walls, bans, and divisive politics don't represent American values.

    Yesterday we learned about a series of actions coming from leaders in Washington, D.C. that violate our American values.
    But we are a nation of immigrants, and turning away from others won't make us stronger.