OFA asked people across the country to tell their stories about what health reform means to them.

This is why

Since January 1st, 2014, millions of Americans have gained the security that comes with health care coverage—many for the first time. Watch this powerful reminder of why so many fought for the Affordable Care Act.

AMANDA AND SOLOMON

Amanda and Solomon, a young couple just beginning their life together, went several years on their own without health care coverage. Now, because of the Affordable Care Act, these newlyweds have the care they need at a price they can afford—and that’s something worth singing about.

AMY

At just a year old, Amy was diagnosed with a heart condition that would require regular visits to a cardiologist. Before the Affordable Care Act, Amy was denied access to a private health insurance and lived with the constant fear of needing medical attention. Now, Amy has access to the coverage she needs and the peace of mind that comes with it.

JOSHUA

Deciding between health care and education shouldn’t be a choice a young person has to make, and thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Joshua doesn’t have to. When he moved to part-time work to go to school full-time, Joshua was able to sign onto his parent’s plan until he was 26—then he picked a plan of his own in the new marketplace.

RENEE

Renee, the mother of three young children, was rejected from her husband’s health insurance because of a cancer diagnosis. For years, she went without adequate care, but thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Renee no longer has to worry about a pre-existing condition and limits on the care she can receive.

ROSETTA

As a recent law school graduate and the daughter of a life-long couponer, Rosetta already has finances on her mind. The Affordable Care Act has given her health care choices that fit her needs and her budget--and getting started in the marketplace was even a little bit of fun.

SAM AND REBECCA

Pursuing your dream job shouldn’t depend on whether or not you can get the health care you need. The Affordable Care Act means Rebecca and Sam, both of whom have chronic health conditions and work in Chicago’s start-up community, no longer have to worry about being denied coverage and can focus on doing what they love.