Author: Amy Lynn Smith

‘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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The father of a boy with epilepsy on the dangers of repealing Obamacare

The father of a boy with epilepsy on the dangers of repealing Obamacare

He sees not only the risk to his young son’s health, but to the economy and the country at large. When a healthy child starts having uncontrollable seizures out of the blue, it’s terrifying. So is the prospect of having to cope with a serious medical condition without health insurance. For Pete and his family, his six-year-old son’s diagnosis of […]

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“It’s the American way to be an entrepreneur” and Obamacare makes it possible

“It’s the American way to be an entrepreneur” and Obamacare makes it possible

For these two women, access to health insurance under the Affordable Care Act gives them the freedom to pursue their career goals. Phoebe Agena had a dream: to become a massage therapist. She graduated from massage school in 2009, but wasn’t able to find a job with benefits. So she began working part-time as a massage therapist while pulling enough […]

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Young adults want health insurance too, says 25-year-old Obamacare supporter

Young adults want health insurance too, says 25-year-old Obamacare supporter

He and his friends care about protecting the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — and their health. Alex King knows that without the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, he wouldn’t have any health insurance. Because he just turned 25, he can stay on his parents’ insurance plan until he turns 26, one of the provisions of the ACA. After his […]

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Thanks to Obamacare, this California woman is now cancer-free

Thanks to Obamacare, this California woman is now cancer-free

Without the Affordable Care Act, she would not have been able to get the surgery needed to treat her skin cancer. It’s frightening enough to be diagnosed with cancer, so imagine losing your health insurance just one month later. That’s what happened to Wendy back in 2011, when she was diagnosed with

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Thankful for Obamacare: “I am 100% sure I would not be here today without the ACA”

Thankful for Obamacare: “I am 100% sure I would not be here today without the ACA”

The Affordable Care Act helped a young woman with an uncommon heart condition get the diagnosis and treatment that saved her life. It has been a long, tough road for Jae Stewart. At 33 years old, she’s already had multiple heart attacks and a stroke, was misdiagnosed with epilepsy and was so sidelined by escalating health issues that she was […]

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Emerge Michigan extends application deadline in response to high demand from future female leaders

Emerge Michigan extends application deadline in response to high demand from future female leaders

For women eager to get involved in our democracy, this program will give you the tools you need to lead. Many of us were sure Hillary Clinton was going to break the highest glass ceiling in the land, and were — and still are — stunned that didn’t happen. But this is no time to wallow. Now, more than ever, […]

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