Posts Tagged ‘Obamacare’

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]

To change minds, just tell the truth

Nothing is more powerful than the truth.

Just ask Theresa. Her mind was made up in opposition to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Well, it was until she read some of the ACA success stories I’ve been posting at Eclectablog.

DontTreadI didn’t embellish. I simply helped people tell their own stories of getting health insurance — some for the first time, others despite having a pre-existing condition, and often for less than they were paying before.

I let the true stories speak for themselves. And Theresa listened.

Then, she shared her own story. Because she wanted others to know the truth.

Read Theresa’s story at Eclectablog.

Doing what I love at Netroots Nation

I’m one of the lucky people who gets to do something I love for a living. Even better? Getting to do a lot of things I love all at once — which I’ll be doing when I present an Ignite talk at the Netroots Nation conference in Detroit on July 19.

I’ve always been a writer and storyteller. I’ve been a freelance writer and strategist most of my career. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

But I have another love: theatre. I spent more than 20 years working in local theatre, performing in and directing one or two shows a year. I miss being onstage, and I miss the unique kind of storytelling involved in playing a role like Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd or directing a play like Amadeus.

BFDpicAt Netroots Nation, I get to do all that again — but in a new way. The Ignite format gives presenters five minutes to speak, accompanied by 20 slides that automatically advance every 15 seconds.

In this high-energy format, I’ll be talking about the Affordable Care Act and using personal stories of how it benefits Americans to demonstrate the value of healthcare reform.

My passion as a writer and strategist is using communications for social good, to educate and engage people in issue advocacy and change minds. At Netroots Nation, I get to combine that with my love of theatre, transformed into a very personal kind of storytelling.

I can’t wait.

If you’ll be at Netroots Nation — the country’s largest gathering of progressive leaders, activists and grassroots organizers — don’t miss the Ignite closing keynote on Saturday, July 19 starting at 4:30 p.m. ET. I’m one of 14 presenters who will be taking the stage to tell our stories.

The keynote may be available via live streaming, or I’ll post a video later. Tickets to Netroots Nation are also available if you’d like to attend starting July 17.

Although my Ignite talk will definitely be a high point for me, I’m looking forward to the entire conference. I’ll be doing what I love with thousands of others who feel the same way.

How lucky can you get?

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