Author: Amy Lynn Smith

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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AFT, SPLC and more than 100 other groups ask Trump to denounce hate acts

AFT, SPLC and more than 100 other groups ask Trump to denounce hate acts

Letter represents the voices of more than 10 million people asking the president-elect to speak out against hateful acts and ideology. Labor, civil rights and faith leaders, along with many others, called on President-elect Donald Trump to take a much stronger stance against hate-fueled acts of harassment, vandalism, property destruction and assault that have happened since his election. More than […]

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Ignore the skeptics: Shop for yourself to see how affordable 2017 health insurance can be

Ignore the skeptics: Shop for yourself to see how affordable 2017 health insurance can be

Yes, rates are going up — but so are tax credits to help many Americans pay for coverage. Do your own homework. Open enrollment through HealthCare.gov is here and you can buy 2017 health insurance now through January 31, 2017. I’ve been a proponent of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, since day one, and that opinion hasn’t changed. […]

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The time to start shopping for 2017 health insurance is now

The time to start shopping for 2017 health insurance is now

To find the best value, do your due diligence and compare plans. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: Obamacare is working, in many of the ways in which it was intended. Millions more Americans have health insurance than they did before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed and overall healthcare costs are going down. And although […]

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Jacqui’s story: Embracing her real self, inspired by her daughter

Jacqui’s story: Embracing her real self, inspired by her daughter

When her youngest child came out as transgender, this woman recognized her own truth. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. From the time she was young, Jacqui Leaonna Turner didn’t understand why the males were prettier than the females in every species in the animal kingdom except for humans. […]

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Kara’s story: Finding her truth — and true love

Kara’s story: Finding her truth — and true love

After decades of painful confusion, this transgender woman’s journey has a happy ending. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. Like many transgender people, Kara Marie Ramsey struggled from an early age to reconcile the gender she was assigned at birth with the way she felt inside. By the time […]

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Ashton’s story: Through friendship, the courage to live out loud

Ashton’s story: Through friendship, the courage to live out loud

The brave example of his best friend inspired this transgender man to express his truth to everyone. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. Growing up in a small town in Michigan, Ashton Niedzwiecki didn’t know that anything beyond the female gender he’d been assigned at birth was possible. He […]

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Why Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Assassins’ is essential viewing for every American

Why Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Assassins’ is essential viewing for every American

This bold musical depicts the dark side of the American Dream and reflects the work yet to be done to ensure life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all. “I did it to bring down the government of Abraham Lincoln and to avenge the ravaged South…” “I did it to prove to her my everlasting love…” “I did it […]

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