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

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  • 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.

  • "I thought for sure this was going to bankrupt us."

    Even though Lynette is fighting cancer for the second time, Obamacare has allowed her to focus on getting well—not on whether or not she can afford treatment.

    Fighting cancer is hard enough—you shouldn't have to worry about whether or not your insurance plan covers the treatments that will save your life.

    Lynette from Las Vegas shares her story and how, like so many Americans, the Affordable Care Act has helped her get the treatments she needs to fight for her life -- and prevented her family from going into bankruptcy.

  • A handful of stories, out of millions

    Tens of millions of American families rely on the protections guaranteed by Obamacare. Here are a few of those stories, told in their own words.

    It can be easy to lose track of what's really at stake when listening to talk about policy issues, especially when those issues are as complex and nuanced as the conversations around health care and insurance markets.

    What's at stake is the human impact of repeal.

    Let's put aside the numbers for a moment and take a look at a handful of stories—out of the millions—from real people benefiting from Obamacare.

  • Get the facts: Truth Team Digest

    A special-edition deep-dive into likely consequences of repealing the Affordable Care Act.

    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.

  • What if they repeal Obamacare? Then what?

    Millions of Americans will be negatively impacted by the repeal of Obamacare. Here is one family's story.

    How is my family going to respond to this?

    Debby from Philadelphia, PA, reflects on Congress' plans to repeal Obamacare, potentially ripping access to quality, affordable health care away from millions of families—including her own.

    Our legislators should be working to help more Americans, not throwing our health care system into chaos.

    Read Debby's story.

  • We're training the next generation of change-makers

    Here's how OFA is helping students turn their passion into action.

    We don't just need to make a difference today. This movement needs to strengthen the pipeline of talent that will lead to change tomorrow.

    We need to keep empowering people to turn their passion and energy into action.

    And that's exactly what we're doing.

  • Not just resolutions

    This movement is full of change-makers. We're bold. We fight for progress. And that's exactly what we need right now as we head into 2017.

    You know what's actually really awesome about this time of year?

    Knowing that OFA supporters aren't just making resolutions—they're out there making a difference.

    This time of year, I see it in full force, when stories flood in from people whose lives have literally been saved by being able to get health coverage through Obamacare—and from the OFA volunteers who are helping make that happen.

  • Build this movement up

    Your support makes change possible. If we care about the progress we've made, we've got to step it up.

    We'll be facing some difficult challenges in the coming months, but I'm more fired up than ever to defend the progress we've fought so hard for.

    Why? Because I'm incredibly proud of all we've accomplished together, and I know we're not done yet. Rolling up our sleeves is not a foreign concept for OFA organizers and supporters. And the momentum is growing.

    Be a part of this.

  • This is Isaac. This is his story.

    Obamacare saved my son's life—and I know he's not the only one.

    Before turning one, my son Isaac spent 11 months in the intensive care unit and underwent 14 major surgeries to address a congenital defect—then, right before he came home in 2009, we learned that he was close to reaching the lifetime cap our health insurance company had set. They were going to end his coverage before he could even walk.

    This is how Obamacare changed all that.

  • OFA campus organizers are building the future of organizing

    The latest Campus Organizing Summit in Miami just wrapped up. Check out the highlights from an incredible weekend of training, learning, and organizing!

    OFA is committed to training the next generation of organizers and community leaders. Students, in particular, play a crucial role in pushing for progressive change and moving our country forward.OFA recently hosted its second campus organizing summit to do just that. An incredible group of 27 campus leaders from 19 different campuses across 11 states joined together in Miami, FL, to learn from each other and improve their organizing skills.

  • Organizer Spotlight: Alejandro

    Organizer Spotlight: Alejandro

    No sleeping in for this college senior. He's too busy organizing for change.

    Not all college experiences are created equal. I honestly thought I was pretty involved as an undergrad, having been a member of the debate team and a volunteer at a local hospital. But when I look back at my own experience and compare it to some of the things OFA campus organizers are doing around the country, I'm blown away.

    Meet Alejandro, for example ...

  • Share your Obamacare story

    How has Obamacare helped you? What has it meant for you and your family?

    Since Obamacare became law, more than 20 million Americans have gained coverage, and the uninsured rate is the lowest it's ever been.

    Before the law, people with pre-existing conditions could be charged exorbitant prices or denied coverage altogether. Insurance companies could put lifetime caps on how much care they would pay if you got sick. And women could be charged more for coverage, just because they were women.

    But Obamacare changed that. Americans across the country and their families have gained access to quality, affordable care.

    Are you one of them? Your experience matters—share your story now to help stand up for Obamacare.

  • A message to OFA supporters: We're not backing down

    A message to OFA supporters: We're not backing down

    The fight on key issues just got really tough. We need you—now more than ever.

    Last week, OFA Advisory Board member Jeremy Bird sent a message to OFA supporters on the fights ahead. If we've learned anything as organizers, it's that when our hard-earned progress is threatened, we can't get discouraged. We cannot walk away.

  • Campus Organizing Summit - San Francisco: Learning beyond the classroom

    Following the most recent OFA Campus Organizing Summit, the latest crew of student organizers is fired up and ready to bring change to their communities.

    College campuses bring together students from all different backgrounds to learn from, engage with, and challenge one another—making them ideal settings for starting important conversations and organizing movements.

    That’s why OFA is training college students to turn their passion into action—it's our young people that will carry the torch for the fights to come. Empowering them with the tools and resources to start making a difference in their communities is vital to creating lasting change and will help to sustain this movement for years to come.

    Here's how the Campus Organizing Summit that just wrapped in San Francisco is another step toward doing just that.

  • The Senate's countdown begins

    This week, the Senate returns from its seven-week recess—and they've got 32 days to fill the Supreme Court seat that's been sitting vacant for just shy of six months now.

    As senators return to work after a seven-week recess, OFA supporters across the country are getting ready to increase the pressure on Senate leaders to end their unprecedented obstruction of President Obama's Supreme Court nominee.

    Judge Merrick Garland is one of the most qualified candidates ever to be nominated to the Supreme Court. Even Senate Republicans praise him as a consensus pick, and he's received bipartisan support in the past. Blocking his nomination is petty partisan politics at its worst. Join OFA supporters in letting senators know you demand action on the Supreme Court vacancy.

  • The road to equality

    Today, as we celebrate the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, we're looking ahead to all that still needs to be accomplished to ensure women in this country are truly treated as equal.

    In the 96 years since women gained the right to vote, this country has come a long way. Today, aswe celebrate this significant milestone on what is now known as Women’s Equality Day, we must not forget all the work that still needs to be done to ensure equal treatment of and protections for all women.

  • OFA summer fellows take the reins

    Fresh off of a six-week fellowship program, a whole new set of graduates put their new organizing skills to the test in community engagement events across the country. Check out some of the inspiring highlights.

    Building a movement for change isn't easy—that's why these new graduates of the OFA Summer Fellowship spent six weeks training to become better organizers. Fellows from different backgrounds—and from regions all around the country—put their new skills to use, organizing local community engagement events around the issues that matter to them. Check out some of the highlights.

  • Take OFA’s What’s Next survey

    Take a few minutes to complete the What’s Next survey, a short questionnaire to OFA supporters what they want to do going forward.

    Thanks to OFA supporters pushing for lasting change on the local and national levels, we’ve been able to make big strides in tackling some of our nation’s most important issues. But this work is far from over, and feedback from our supporters matters in determining what’s ahead.

    Today, we’re launching the What’s Next survey, a short questionnaire that will help us gather information on what supporters want to do going forward, as they share their thoughts on where we’ve been and where we’re going.