Author: Amy Lynn Smith

Republican voters, your voices could save the Affordable Care Act

Republican voters, your voices could save the Affordable Care Act

If you’re a Republican — or know someone who is — the time to speak out in support of the ACA is now. The last time I ran into Theresa, I was getting ready to attend the Save Our Healthcare rally in Warren, Mich., in January. Theresa is a lifelong Republican, and I don’t know who she voted for in […]

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Obamacare helped this man manage his mental health conditions while job hunting

Obamacare helped this man manage his mental health conditions while job hunting

Without the Affordable Care Act (ACA), staying well could have wiped out his savings — making it much harder to get back into the workforce. Living with generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder can be challenging enough under the best of circumstances. But having to manage these mental health conditions while trying to find a new job is even tougher […]

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Memo to GOP governors: Protecting Medicaid expansion means protecting Obamacare

Memo to GOP governors: Protecting Medicaid expansion means protecting Obamacare

Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee reminds Governor Rick Snyder and others that without the Affordable Care Act, there would be no Medicaid expansion. At the moment, the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, is anyone’s guess. Congressional Republicans and Donald Trump promised to repeal the law on the President’s first day in office … but that obviously didn’t […]

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Nearly 200 rally on a Monday to oppose ACA repeal at Rep. Dave Trott’s Michigan office

Nearly 200 rally on a Monday to oppose ACA repeal at Rep. Dave Trott’s Michigan office

Michiganders made their voices heard in support of the Affordable Care Act. Despite it being a work day — with temperatures below freezing — nearly 200 constituents of Michigan Congressman Dave Trott and other concerned citizens rallied in front of his Troy office to oppose repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare. Protesters bearing signs made a bold […]

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Trump tries to squash ACA insurance enrollment but we can do the outreach ourselves

Trump tries to squash ACA insurance enrollment but we can do the outreach ourselves

He and his henchmen might be able to silence government agencies, but they can’t stop citizens from spreading the word. SEE UPDATE BELOW. Open enrollment for 2017 health insurance ends on January 31, and historically the last few days of enrollment have brought a rush of sign-ups — particularly among young people, as reported by the always-excellent Sarah Kliff in […]

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‘The Affordable Care Act saved my life’ says mother of three being treated for cancer

‘The Affordable Care Act saved my life’ says mother of three being treated for cancer

After losing her job and being diagnosed with advanced breast cancer, this woman could not have paid for treatment if it wasn’t for Obamacare. Laurie Merges never expected to be relying on Medicaid. As a highly educated woman with a successful career in corporate sales, she has worked her entire life and is raising three children, a 10-year-old and six-year-old […]

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Former conservative voter has an ‘eye-opening experience’ with Obamacare

Former conservative voter has an ‘eye-opening experience’ with Obamacare

The way the Affordable Care Act helped her family transformed her attitude — and led to a touching interaction with former President Obama. Annette was not always a fan of President Barack Obama. In fact, in 2009 she went to a Tea Party rally protesting the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare. She and her entire family were conservative Republican […]

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Congressman Dan Kildee on what’s at stake if the ACA is repealed and what Democrats can do to stop it

Congressman Dan Kildee on what’s at stake if the ACA is repealed and what Democrats can do to stop it

An exclusive interview with one of the most outspoken champions for the American people in the U.S. House of Representatives. Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee gets it. He’s been fighting for the American people, particularly working families, his entire career. And when it comes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, he understands the human consequences better than most people: […]

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Thousands gather at Michigan rally to tell Congress: ‘Save our healthcare’

Thousands gather at Michigan rally to tell Congress: ‘Save our healthcare’

This was one of 70 rallies across the country today — and the first of many actions to come to protect and improve the Affordable Care Act. This was more than a great turnout. The response to the “Save Our Healthcare” rally in Warren, Michigan, was so overwhelming the event had to be moved to a larger venue than the […]

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‘I used to be a Republican, but never again’ says man worried about losing health insurance

‘I used to be a Republican, but never again’ says man worried about losing health insurance

Mel and his wife don’t know what they will do if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed without a replacement. Mel voted for Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. But he says he’ll never vote Republican again. He’s angry about the climate of divisiveness in this country, about Republican threats to cut Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security — which he’ll […]

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Help Eclectablog sustain the Obama legacy through education and action

Help Eclectablog sustain the Obama legacy through education and action

As some of you know, my active involvement in issue advocacy and politics was ignited by one man more than any other: Barack Obama. He inspired me to be the change I wish to see in the world. After working to get him re-elected in 2012, both as a neighborhood team leader and Michigan Deputy Digital Director, I realized that […]

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