Author: Amy Lynn Smith

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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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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