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With gratitude, passing along high praise

I’ve been telling stories of how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is improving people’s lives ever since I worked on the Obama 2012 campaign as Michigan’s Deputy Digital Director. And I picked up the pace in 2013 as open enrollment began — and inaccurate “horror stories” began flooding the media.

I haven’t let up and I don’t intend to.

weloveobamacareI think it’s important for everyone to hear the voices of some of the millions of Americans who are finally getting insurance or, like me, are getting covered for far less.

Helping people share their stories is its own reward, but I was humbled and honored by the praise I received from one of my fellow bloggers at Eclectablog:

Putting a face on those who have benefited from Obamacare and those who could be crushed if the Supreme Court guts the law is essential — and no one has been doing a better job of it than our Amy Lynn Smith.

I’m going to keep telling stories like these, including stories about how access to insurance is tangibly improving people’s health. Knowing that people I respect think my work is making a difference makes me more motivated than ever.

Read the full post, which puts ACA success stories in context, at Eclectablog.

[Image credit: LaDawna Howard]

A fresh perspective on health reform

It’s no secret that I’m a staunch supporter of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But to me, it’s about much more than a single piece of legislation. The ACA is a significant first step in transforming America’s current “sick care system” into a bona fide healthcare system — which is the shared objective of every advocate for healthcare reform.

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That’s why I’ve launched a new project called Healthcare Works. The goal of the project is to do more than share people’s ACA success stories, something I’ve been doing for years and will continue to do. Healthcare Works will illuminate how well healthcare works — how access to benefits and a continuum of care can help Americans lead healthier lives. Education is key to helping people see the bigger picture of healthcare reform and all the good it will do.

I wrote about the project over at Eclectablog, and you can read all about it there.

Please follow us at Healthcare Works — and tell us how the ACA is helping you. We’re just getting started. There’s no telling where the project might take us.

[Logo design by Sara Cederberg.]

Congressional candor

In a world where political discourse is too often drowning in double-speak, it’s a rare pleasure to meet an elected official who says it like it is.

U.S. Congressman Dan Kildee is one of those elected officials. As the representative of Michigan’s 5th Congressional District, Kildee speaks his mind — especially when it comes to championing the best interests of his constituents and their fellow Americans.

AmyAndKildeeI had the chance to interview Congressman Kildee while attending the Netroots Nation conference in Detroit. During our chat over morning coffee, he shared his thoughts on the dysfunction in Congress, why it’s happening and what can be done to help legislators do the job they were elected to do: take action that helps our country and its citizens thrive.

Read the full interview at Eclectablog.

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