Danielle, a 23-year-old New Jersey native, recently moved to San Diego, California, where her boyfriend is stationed with the Navy. She started volunteering for the campaign because of what President Obama's record has meant for her over the past three years.
“There’s so much on the line right now—[President Obama] has accomplished so much—and I, along with millions of other Americans, would be heartbroken if all our work was turned around.”
Danielle struggled to find a full-time job with benefits after she graduated from college, but President Obama’s reforms to the student loans program and health care have made her feel more financially secure.
“I went to a public school but it was out of state, so it was still expensive for my family to send me to college. My parents and my sister and I are paying out bundles and bundles in loan payments. But in January, I’ll be able to consolidate my student loans into one smaller payment each month.
“And the No. 1 change that has helped me is the Affordable Care Act. Even though I’m living across the country from my parents, I can stay on their insurance plan—which is way more affordable than buying a single-payer plan. It’s about $30 a month as opposed to over $100.
“Many of our friends are still on their parents’ health care plans, I’ve talked with a lot of recent grads about how much student loan reform has helped us, and we’re really excited about what the President is doing for LGBT rights. Anyone saying young people aren’t passionate about the President doesn’t know what’s happening on the ground.
“We need to let everyone know: young people are fired up.”
To learn more about how President Obama is working for people like Danielle, check out Young Americans for Obama.