My name is Marcia Snyder. I am a substitute teacher and a volunteer for Obama for America in Phoenix, Arizona. As a cancer survivor, I know how important it is to have affordable health care coverage. When President Obama was fighting to pass the Affordable Care Act, it inspired me to get involved helping the President. I heard so many people spreading false rumors about the President’s plan, and it really frustrated me. Instead of just sitting around listening to the commentators, I decided to do something to fight back—so I started volunteering for OFA.
On days that I am not teaching, I work at the campaign office from noon until it closes. On days that I do work at the school, I’ll catch a bus to the office when I’m done and work all night. We are registering new voters and collecting data that can be used by the campaign to prepare for the election. If we find more supporters than our opponents, we will win next November.
People in Arizona are focused on what can be done to create jobs. The people I speak to support President Obama’s recent effort to pass the American Jobs Act and are frustrated that Republicans have been trying to block all that the President is trying to do to help. Immigration is a major issue here, especially since local Republican officials passed extreme anti-immigration laws. They have gone too far, and the people of this state have had enough.
Even though the Affordable Care Act won’t be fully implemented until 2014, parts of it have already been very positive. Allowing children to stay on their parents' insurance plan until they are 26 and eliminating discrimination for kids with pre-existing conditions has helped so many people around the state.
President Obama can’t do this alone. The best thing you can do to help him is to volunteer for this campaign. My advice to anyone thinking of volunteering is to start slow, work on what you are comfortable with, and do whatever you have the time to do. You might think what you're working on is small, but it is a big help to the campaign.
Thank you so much,