Author: Amy Lynn Smith

‘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Mel and his wife don’t know what they will do if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed without a replacement.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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‘I survived cancer because of Obamacare’ says 24-year-old man

‘I survived cancer because of Obamacare’ says 24-year-old man

If the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed, Alex worries that other people with a similar diagnosis will die. It had never occurred to Alex Weberman that he could be diagnosed with cancer. After all, he was just one week shy of his 23rd birthday and was focused on pursuing his dreams. He had just finished college and was preparing […]

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‘I don’t know what I would have done without Obamacare’ says woman with bipolar disorder

‘I don’t know what I would have done without Obamacare’ says woman with bipolar disorder

Untreated mental health issues can prevent people from working and leading full lives. This woman worries about her future if she can’t afford the right care. Bipolar disorder has been in the news a lot lately following the death of Carrie Fisher, who was very open about the challenges she faced living with this mental health condition. A mood disorder, […]

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There’s no better time for transgender people to enroll in a health insurance plan

There’s no better time for transgender people to enroll in a health insurance plan

Protections remain in place to prevent trans-specific exclusions, so enroll before the January 31 deadline for 2017. Let’s face it: There’s a lot of uncertainty right now about the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, but that’s no reason for anyone to put off getting signed up for insurance in 2017. In fact, there is no better […]

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‘Please don’t let my daughter die,’ mother who fears Obamacare repeal implores

‘Please don’t let my daughter die,’ mother who fears Obamacare repeal implores

Having access to health insurance has saved this young woman’s life. Her mother doesn’t know how she will survive without it. When I saw the subject line on the email, my heart dropped to the floor: “Please don’t let my daughter die.” Jean had seen my call for stories about the difference the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, has […]

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‘We would have been screwed without Obamacare’ says father of son with rare tumor

‘We would have been screwed without Obamacare’ says father of son with rare tumor

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, John’s 22-year-old son remained covered under his insurance, just when they needed it most. It wasn’t your typical nosebleed. When John came home from his job as a union tradesman one day in August, his son had a “gusher” of a nosebleed, he says. John immediately saw his son needed to be in the […]

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With Obamacare, this man can make a mid-life career change without sacrificing financial security

With Obamacare, this man can make a mid-life career change without sacrificing financial security

If he didn’t have health insurance, Jason isn’t sure how he would have paid for gallbladder surgery. Changing careers is never easy, but Jason Cole knew it was the right decision for him. He left his job as a correctional officer to return to school to fulfill his dream of becoming a high school history teacher, because he wanted to […]

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After a biking accident, this man got the dental work he needed thanks to Obamacare

After a biking accident, this man got the dental work he needed thanks to Obamacare

Without insurance, Mark would have put off the care he needed to save his tooth. Sometimes, it’s the little things. Mark admits he’s not one of the people whose lives have been saved by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare. But having insurance did save his tooth. The 26-year-old, who lives in Portland, Oregon, is a bike commuter because […]

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Obamacare’s protections ensure this woman’s mobility and quality of life

Obamacare’s protections ensure this woman’s mobility and quality of life

If insurance companies are allowed to deny coverage for people with pre-existing conditions as they did in the past, her story could be very different. Sarah was born with a pre-existing condition: a club foot. One of her feet was facing the wrong direction, a birth defect that required two surgeries by the time she was two years old. Surgeons […]

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Obamacare gives this woman the freedom to spend more time caring for her aging parents

Obamacare gives this woman the freedom to spend more time caring for her aging parents

Being able to semi-retire and move closer to her parents means being true to the family values that are important to her. When Laura’s parents began struggling with health issues in their 80s, she knew she didn’t want to wait for a “trigger event” — when one of them became seriously ill — to begin spending more time with them. […]

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