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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.

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News Entries in health care healthcare

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 If Obamacare is repealed, I just might, because of my pre-existing condition—and then I’ll have to choose between death or severe illness and bankruptcy.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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • "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.