I voted for Barack Obama in 2008 because I wanted to make sure the person who presided over our country was someone worthy and level-headed. I felt that I identified with his ideas about what life in America should be like, and I thought he would be a wise decision-maker, waiting for all the facts before making choices. I was right on all counts.
But this year, I have different reasons to add to my support for President Obama. As a mother and grandmother, I think not only about my future but the future of my entire family. I’ve seen the way President Obama’s policies have affected the people I care about the most, and he’s earned my vote a second time.
Last year, my 19-year-old granddaughter was able to remain on her father’s insurance because of the Affordable Care Act – right before she had health issues. Without the provision allowing young Americans to stay on their parents’ health insurance until they’re 26, she wouldn’t have been able to pay for her treatment and it would have put tremendous financial strain not only on her, but on our whole family. Thanks to Obamacare, my granddaughter got the care she needed at an affordable cost.
I also appreciate that President Obama is working to protect Social Security and Medicare, especially since I’m 64 and I’ll be collecting social security benefits soon. But what concerns me more is seeing my children, who’ve been in the workforce for more than 20 years, worry about whether they’ll be able to see the fruits of their labor when they retire.
As a middle class American, I think tax equity is important; I want millionaires to pay their share. I’ve seen President Obama fight for families like mine, so we can provide for future generations. While others have been trying to balance the national budget on the backs of the middle class, he’s been working to make life better for all Americans, whether they voted for him or not.
President Obama is about the age of my children. When I see him, I see a young man who I’m very proud of, someone who’s a fighter for American families. He never gives up – I won’t give up on him.