• 15 things OFA is thankful for this holiday season

    As we reflect on how far we've come in the past year, what progress are you most thankful for?

    In November, First Lady Michelle Obama asked OFA supporters what they're thankful for this year. The holidays are a great time to look back and take stock—and OFA supporters had no shortage of things to be grateful for. Here are just a few of the things we heard.

    “As a physician, I am so thankful that my President, Barack Obama, has achieved the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act .... Your persistence, leadership, and commitment to address many of our country's major problems has not faltered or ceased. Thanks to you and to your wonderful efforts.” —Harry J.

    “Obamacare! Even though I am covered by my employer, I can sympathize with those who need health insurance... Thank you for fighting the compassionate fight, Mr. President!” —Susan L.

    “I am thankful that I have had a second chance at life. After battling with drug addiction for many years, I am now the back-bone of my family with almost 12 years clean. That is why funding for drug and addiction treatment is so very important to the survival of our country.” —Luci C.

    “I am thankful for our military and their families who make so many sacrifices for us. May we always have their backs during and after their service. I am thankful for the gift of faith, provided to me by my parents, especially my mother. I am thankful for life and the grace from God to live it well.” —Stephen M.

    “This year, I am thankful my husband is no longer deployed and will be home to spend Thanksgiving with us! I'm thankful our children live in a country that my husband helps defend and where one day, thanks to people like Michelle and Barack Obama, more people from all walks of life will have a chance to work hard and be afforded the same rights that other people come by naturally.” Betsey D.

    “I am thankful for the right to marry the man I love. We will exercise this right in San Francisco, on Tuesday, December 3rd. Thank you Mr. President, and God bless these United States of America!” —David J.

    “In May 2014 I will have graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work. I am very thankful for that. I will be the first one in my family to graduate with a degree. My education will allow me to finally have a job with a living wage.” Claudette B.

    “I'm thankful that after eight years I will finally have health insurance. I will have an opportunity to get the surgery I need so I can eventually leave my house and watch my granddaughter in a cheerleading competition live for the first time. I'll have a shot at being around long enough to see her graduate from college and start a life of her own, and finally relieve my daughter of the burden of taking care of my physical needs (although she would never see it that way) and focus on her own life.” Diane B.

    “I am thankful to live in a country where we have freedom and a President that loves his family, his country, and his people. I am also thankful for my family and my God.” —Teri H.

    “I am thankful for making it through my last three surgeries (a total of seven surgeries). The aftermath of having breast cancer twice before the age of 40 ... I am very thankful and grateful for being a survivor.” —Valeda K.

    “As I reflect on the year that has nearly passed, I can honestly say that I am thankful for the opportunity of progressive growth and positive transition. We as human beings have the ability to endure difficult situations and overcome challenging circumstances, but what makes me so thankful is knowing that I can tap into the inspirational aspects of my life. The inspiration of a strong, loving, and amazing mother, who is the living embodiment of selfless, sacrificial love, care, and unwavering support; and a wife who is not only a mirror of that same definition, but a stand-by-her-man, hard working, awesome life partner, who I love with my entire existence. My children who are my future, and the reason I consider myself a worthy father; because for them I strive, I fight, I endure, I pursue, I breath, and I live!" —Anthony A.

    "As a 72-year old woman, I am thankful that I live in a country that is making progress on health care, equality for all, [as well as] the importance of early education and immigration reform.” —Phyllis R.

    “I am most grateful to be celebrating this year. Earlier this year I had brain surgery to remove an epileptic part of my brain. I am grateful for the doctors, nurses, CNA's and surgeons that kept in God's grace. I am eternally thankful for the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. I am also thankful for family that took care of me. Six months later, no seizures. Being thankful, just for today.” —Paris A.

    “I'm thankful for our President. The fact that he has implemented the ACA. I think this is the best thing that has happened to our country. I have two children with pre-existing conditions. I believe that they can now get insurance! In my family, we love and support the President. I think he is one of the best presidents this country has ever had. We will continue to support him and his administration!” —Rosalyn R.

    “I'm thankful for the ACA that saved my son's life. He had three major surgeries this year paid for by my insurance due to Obamacare. I'm also thankful to have a leader who is working for peace, and an environment that supports the continuation of our planet for my son's generation.” —Dayle D.

    It's been a great year, but there is still more work to be done. Keep this movement going strong in 2014—join OFA.

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