Last summer I learned a valuable lesson about what is at stake when women do not have power over their own health. I was interning at a maternal and child health nonprofit in southeastern Pennsylvania that works with local and state advocates to elevate the voices of disempowered mothers. This is when I heard María’s unfortunate story. María is a young Latina from Norristown who gave birth at a local hospital without the benefit of insurance.
Millions across the country are benefitting from the Affordable Care Act. However, opponents are ignoring its positive results and fighting its implementation. What they don't want you to know is that the law is already working for Americans in every state.
Last week, a few of my colleagues and I had the honor of meeting up with a group of 10 dedicated health care activists from Philadelphia Unemployment Project and Pennsylvania HCAN who were finishing up the last leg of a 150 mile march from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. Melanie's March, named after an avid health reform activist, Melanie Shouse, who recently passed away from breast cancer, sought to show legislators just how urgently we need health reform.
Sometimes you have to hit the streets to make a difference. And sometimes, you have to go a bit further. We're not talking about the usual suspects, like protesting or a two-hour march. We're talking about huge march across three states that will urge Congress to finally push health reform over the finish line.