‘Healthcare’ Archive

Sharing stories for the greater good

I’ve been telling Obamacare success stories since 2013, in an effort to elevate the voices of some of the millions of Americans whose lives are being improved — and even saved — because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

obamacareawesomeWhat began as an effort to counteract the malicious misinformation that was being spread by opponents of the ACA has evolved into an initiative to help protect the ACA, which is facing its greatest menace: a President-elect who has promised to turn Congress’ continual threats to repeal the law into a reality.

Not only would repealing or dismantling the ACA pull the rug out from under millions of Americans who gained insurance under the law — many for the first time — it would throw the insurance industry, healthcare industry and economy into chaos. Worse yet, people would literally die from a lack of access to essential healthcare services.

Obamacare isn’t perfect, but that’s no reason to scrap it. Instead, Congress and President-elect Trump should be looking for ways to improve the law, so it can help more people and drive even more improvements in our healthcare system.

Like many Americans, I want to do something tangible to protect the progress we’ve made in the last eight years. Continuing to tell these stories is one thing I can do. I’ve put out open calls for ACA success stories in the past, but I’ve never had the volume of responses that I’ve received since the 2016 election. It’s clear that many Americans feel as strongly about protecting the ACA as I do.

President Obama has asked Americans to tell their legislators not to abandon the ACA. I hope you’ll do that — and, if you’re interested in being interviewed about what the ACA means to you, send me a note via Eclectablog. I’m going to keep telling Obamacare success stories as long as people are willing to share them with me.

You can read my ongoing ACA stories series at Eclectablog.

[Image credit: Will O’Neill | Flickr]

Rising star shows the world how to live well with diabetes

I love telling people’s stories, especially when they’re as positive as the story of Alexander Star, a young recording artist/songwriter who is going places fast — and he’s showing the world that type 1 diabetes isn’t going to slow him down.

View More: https://net.pass.us/pureenergy2013His story spoke to me for many reasons, not the least of which is the fact that I also live with type 1 diabetes. The condition can be challenging to manage, and hearing from others who are doing so successfully is always inspiring.

Star is also a prime example of how the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, helps people with chronic conditions like diabetes. Not only does it make insurance more affordable, the ACA’s provisions can help people with chronic condition receive better treatment.

Plus, Star is simply bursting with positive energy — living a life full of enthusiasm for his career, his music and raising his young son.

Star’s experience with the ACA and improved care is shared by millions of Americans. Learn more at my post at healthinsurance.org.

Giving thanks

I have so much to give thanks for this year.

One of the things I’m thankful for is the chance to help people tell their stories — especially stories about how the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, is making a difference in their lives.

IMG_0872This Obamacare success story is one of my favorites. When I first told Marion’s story in June 2014, she had recently been diagnosed with cancer. She told me, “If it wasn’t for Obamacare, I’d be dead in 12 months.”

I reached out to her recently and was enormously happy to hear Marion is now cancer-free — and she says Obamacare saved her life. She’s been on a challenging journey, but has an optimistic outlook that’s truly inspiring.

You can read her story over at Eclectablog.

Like Marion and millions of others, I’m thankful for health insurance that’s more affordable.

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