Why I volunteer: The Affordable Care Act
Insurance companies are no longer allowed to discriminate against patients with pre-existing conditions.
In 2009, I was surprised and dismayed when my husband and I were denied health insurance. I had heard of people losing health coverage due to cancer and other life threatening conditions, but arthritis in an index finger?
Fighting for urgency on immigration reform
We're going public with six more representatives who can stand up and be leaders on immigration reform.
We've accomplished a great deal this year—including passing a bill through the Senate— but our work won't be done until comprehensive immigration reform is law.
Getting the word out: Be covered on the first
This holiday season OFA volunteers are talking to their communities to make sure their friends and neighbors get covered.
Folks from Georgia to California took part in a nationwide day of action to talk to their neighbors about signing up for health insurance by the December 23rd deadline. Take a look at how it went—and be on the look out for a holiday surprise from Santa.
Mark became a victim of gun violence 15 years ago this week
I will never stop working to prevent violent deaths like his.
Mark Horner was a talented musician, loving son, and devoted friend.
Ken Salazar: Why we need a comprehensive approach to immigration reform
It is past time for Congress to address the national security, legal, economic, and moral imperative of immigration reform.
In 2006, Democrats and Republicans tried to pass comprehensive immigration reform, but came up short. This time, it's time to rise above petty politics and finish the job.
Representative Smith looks for science in interesting places
Smith denies climate change is happening on Earth—but he's not afraid to explore other planets.
Here’s my question for Representative Smith: If 97% of scientists told you that there was life on other planets, would you believe them? Because 97% of scientists agree that man-made climate change is real and dangerous.
Betting on the American worker
A failure to extend unemployment insurance would be an unnecessary blow to our economy.
Thanks to the determination of hard-working Americans, we have come so far in our economic recovery. This is precisely the time to show faith in those who are still fighting their way back from hardship, not pull the rug out from under them.
"I can go to the doctor again"
I had been denied by insurance companies more times than I could count.
I'm a small business owner who has struggled for years with a health insurance plan that was so bare-bones it barely existed. That will all change on January 1st—with a plan that costs less, includes free preventive care, and covers everything I need.
For Isaac, Obamacare means opportunity
Before the Affordable Care Act, Isaac’s medical condition could have limited his health care options.
Isaac is a typical five-year-old. He has a basket full of action figures, he’s into "Cars" and "Monsters, Inc.," and he loves to dance to “The Fox (What Does The Fox Say)” with his sister and brother. But Isaac is also probably pretty different from most of the kids you know.
Chicago stands with women
Congresswomen Schakowsky and Kelly join OFA Illinois to launch a local stand with women program.
OFA Illinois supporters gathered at Federal Plaza in Chicago last week to raise awareness of the issues affecting women across the country, including the victories of the Affordable Care Act.
Looking for a leader on immigration in the House
OFA calls on seven more lawmakers to act on reform.
Today we're going public with the next seven names on our list of representatives who can play a key role in passing reform. These legislators have a choice: side with their constituents and be leaders on reform, or defend the broken status quo.
Fighting the misinformation on Obamacare, one letter at a time
More Americans are getting out the facts about the Affordable Care Act by writing to their local papers.
From fighting local fear-mongering
to talking about the law's wide-ranging economic and health benefits, papers from coast to coast are getting letters from Americans fighting for the Affordable Care Act.
"I really believe in this"
For a small business owner in New York, Obamacare means better coverage, a bigger network, and serious savings.
Jarred saw his family’s monthly health insurance premiums increase by double digits for each of the past four years, so he jumped at the chance to sign up for coverage on the new marketplace and he was thrilled to find a more comprehensive plan with a bigger network of doctors for less than he pays now.
Five more people who can help get immigration reform done right now
Will one of these representatives stand up?
The reality is that immigration reform could pass today if House leaders just held a vote. So today, OFA is adding five more members of Congress to the list of representatives who should be leading on immigration reform.
This Thanksgiving, remember the millions of Americans who struggle with hunger
Slashing nutrition assistance programs harms hard-working Americans, children, veterans, and our economy.
When someone says "Thanksgiving," many of us think of stuffing our faces with turkey, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce as we sit around the table with our loved ones. But for the 49 million Americans who struggle with hunger, the holiday season only accentuates the reality of their situation.