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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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‘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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‘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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‘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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‘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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