• Jill Borak: Why we are still fighting

    “Four years ago, my husband lost his job and a few months later my mother got laid off from her job as a public school teacher. My husband and I ended up having to move to a new town and put our house on the market so he could find a new job. Not long after that, I found out I was going to have a baby and the scariest day of my pregnancy was when an insurance rep told me my pregnancy might be considered a pre-existing condition.

    “Four years ago, we had a candidate who was speaking to those issues. He was speaking to the issues that mattered to me, -- the job crisis, the housing mess, health care reform -- the issues that mattered to my family. I knew Barack Obama was the person who would fight for me. So I decided I would fight for him.

    “I paid a babysitter once a week to watch my kids while I went down to my local Obama field office. I made phone calls, I entered data into the computer, I passed out Get Out the Vote fliers at the local grocery store. And I like to think I played a small role in how things turned out on Election Night.

    “Do you remember Election Night in 2008? How the newscasters announced Barack Obama won Virginia. Then they announced Barack Obama was the next President of the United States. What a great night to be a Virginian!

    “President Obama worked hard to expand unemployment benefits for families like mine who had taken a hit from a bad economy. He cut our payroll taxes to help our tight family budgets. He passed legislation to help homeowners struggling with their mortgages. And he passed the Affordable Care Act, so that no woman will ever again be told her pregnancy isn’t covered because it’s a pre-existing condition.

    “My story has a happy ending. My husband and I have great jobs and our children are happy and healthy. But there are many people who are still struggling. Many of us are still climbing out of that deep hole we fell into four years ago.

    “That is why President Obama is still fighting. That is why I, and so many of my friends and neighbors in Woodbridge and all over Virginia are still fighting, too.

    “You can do it, too.”

    –Jill Borak, Woodbridge, Virginia

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