Hattie always saw herself as someone who did her part - she paid her taxes, spent decades as a high school science teacher and principal in Minneapolis, and adopted three young boys out of the Hennepin County foster care system.
She also had health insurance. But when she got in a car accident last year, she was denied long term disability coverage, lost her health insurance when she couldn’t work, and then when she tried to obtain new coverage, she was turned down because of a pre-existing condition.
Nobody should have to go through this. Nobody should be without health care - like I was, after paying for it for years and years. So to end up like this at my age, well, I had to make sure this doesn’t happen to anybody else.
For Hattie, the Affordable Care Act is a “glimmer of hope” an important first step towards ensuring everyone has access to the care they deserve.
She’s doing everything she can to help re-elect President Obama, including volunteering at the Minneapolis campaign office, donating what she can, and serving as a national delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
While Hattie has been involved in her local communities her entire life, this is the first time she’s been involved in politics on the national level. She’s most excited about Charlotte for the opportunity to bring what happens at the convention “back to the local level” here in Minnesota when she gets back.
Until then, she’ll keep on speaking up on what’s at stake in this election – for her and for all Minnesotans.
Not going to Charlotte? Watch the convention with us here in Minnesota!