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Why I volunteer

A few years ago, I was between jobs and found myself without health insurance. I thought I probably wouldn't need medical care in the short job transition period, but it turned out that wasn't the smartest decision.

One morning I woke up in bed with tremendous chest pains. I laid there, frightened and thinking that if I was having a heart attack that needed intensive medical care, I would force my wife and I into bankruptcy. At the time, I was a CPR instructor. The first thing I would teach my students to do in the event of an emergency? Call "911." But that morning, I was going against everything I knew—only because I feared the medical costs.

Luckily, it turned out not to be a heart attack, but the medical care that was required depleted all of my savings. It was a hard lesson learned, and it's a big part of the reason why I'm involved with Organizing for Action.

Over the past few months we have been organizing in our community and educating our neighbors on the Affordable Care Act. A few weekends ago, my chapter of OFA, Sacramento Might Oaks, held a Health Care for the Holidays training. We talked about various ways to promote the benefits of the law, and how crucial it is that we make sure our loved ones and communities understand the importance of being covered.

The lesson in my story may not get through to everyone I talk to. It's natural for folks to think, "That won't happen to me." I once thought the same thing. But on health care, on something this important, it's our job to make sure those who trust us have the facts they need to make smart choices.

That's why I got involved, and that's why you should, too. Take action today, and spread the word about getting covered.

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