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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Our Favorite Moments from Health Action 2017

Raven Gomez

Campaigns, Outreach, and Engagement Intern

There wasn’t a dull moment at the 22nd annual Health Action conference. Whether you were in Washington, D.C., sharing in the action with us, or you weren’t able to make it this year, this list includes many of our favorite moments from #HA2017 to help you reminisce or see what you missed. 

  1. When Reverend Dr. Barber wowed us with his moving words about the moral imperative behind our work for affordable health coverage and care.
  2. When Senator Chris Van Hollen gave us a history lesson, reminding us that conservatives supported the individual mandate and premium subsidy until Obama adopted them in the Affordable Care Act.
  3. When we learned about Ron Pollack’s legacy and he was awarded an actual copy of the ACA, signed by President Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi. 
  4. When almost every workshop was filled to capacity!
     
  5. When Regina Wise, who has planned every Health Action conference for the past 22 years, was crowned “Queen of Health Action.”
     
  6. When California advocates ran into Senator John McCain and urged him to vote against repeal without replacement.
     
  7. When surgeon-author Atul Gawande shared some sobering statistics with us that illustrate the life-and-death stakes in the fight to #ProtectOurCare
  8. When three outstanding individuals received the Health Equity and Health Care Advocate of the Year awards and inspired us all to continue working toward health care for all. (From left-to-right: Cindy Zeldin, Jesse Menkins, Daniel Dawes)
      
  9. When Nancy Pelosi shared the behind-the-scenes story of how the ACA was passed, reminding us how we’ve prevailed in the past, even when the odds were stacked against us. 
  10. When Andy Slavitt encouraged us to focus on the simple truths, not alternative news and fake facts.
     
  11. When Rodney Whitlock offered great advice on the specific language that can be used to appeal to Republican members of Congress.
     
  12. When we saw our attendees having a blast in the photo booth.
      
  13. When Daniel Dawes, author of 150 Years of Obamacare, held an incredible meet-and-greet book signing.
     
  14. When Sister Simone Campbell fired up the crowd with “sacred gossip” and the importance of storytelling.
     
  15. When Senator Al Franken made us laugh by joking about—believe it or not -- the Medical Loss Ratio.
     
  16. When Larry Levitt pointed out that more people covered under the ACA are in Republican districts.
     

For more of our favorite moments, check out the Storify of the top tweets.