Senator Mark Kirk broke his promise to restore unemployment insurance benefits.
| Nico Probst, Director of Special Projects
Senator Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) went back on his word when he voted against reinstating unemployment insurance benefits for long-term unemployed Americans. Now, OFA is letting him know that he made the wrong choice for Americans—and for Illinoisans.
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OFA-WI volunteer Audrey Espina was a special guest on the Enrique Santos Show.
| Pedro Morillas, Immigration Campaign Manager
Audrey's interview with Santos, a long-time advocate of comprehensive immigration reform, helped shine a spotlight on the incredible work that OFA volunteers are doing on the ground every day.
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OFA's 2014 Spring Fellows program kicked off last weekend.
| Nick Edwards
More than 1,700 people were accepted to take part in the the OFA Spring Fellows program. For the next three months, they'll recruit volunteers, plan local events, coordinate issue campaigns—and then use all of that hands-on experience to change the world.
President Obama and the American people have sent a clear message: You don't get a ransom for doing your job.
| Jesse Lehrich
The games some members of Congress played in October—shutting down our government and threatening default over a list of partisan demands—are not being repeated this time. Americans spoke their mind, and Speaker Boehner got the message.
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I was able to stay on my parents insurance to get the care I needed.
| Margaret Morton
I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2011, when I was 23 years old. Luckily, the Obamacare provision that allows children to stay on their parents insurance until they turn 26 had gone into effect one month before I would have aged off my parents' insurance—and two months before I was diagnosed.
Anyone who adds their name to help with the final push on health care enrollment is automatically eligible to win. Chances are, you were probably planning to help out anyway. This is a pretty amazing bonus.
Nancy Pelosi, Lilly Ledbetter, and OFA supporters are taking action.
| Ebonee Dawson
Following the President's State of the Union address, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke to OFA supporters about workplace policies that would make sure all of America's women and families have a fair shot at success.
Last week, 24 members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted against acknowledging the existence of climate change.
| Ivan Frishberg, Climate Change Campaign Manager
Now obviously, 24 House committee members burying their heads in the sand doesn’t stop climate change from existing. But the longer that lawmakers ignore the basic science on climate change, the longer it will be before Congress takes meaningful action to reverse its harmful effects.
I was amazed by the plans on the new marketplace—and you could be too.
| Eva Juni
It's been a huge relief to know that I can now afford what I need to stay healthy, and to know that if anything happens I'm covered—all thanks to Obamacare. But getting here wasn't easy, and as anyone with a mental illness can tell you, it shouldn't ever have to be that hard.