In June, the Supreme Court ruled that states would not be required to expand their Medicaid programs. Many of our bloggers have already told you a bit about why expanding Medicaid is critical for states. But I want to throw one more reason out there: expanding Medicaid can help improve education.
As the second night of the Democratic National Convention got under way, women once again played a major role. From Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), to Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Elizabeth Warren, it’s clear women’s issues are a hot topic. But the speaker that stood out the most for me was Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Roman Catholic Social Justice Organization, NETWORK, and one of the nuns on the bus. For me and my Families USA colleagues, Sister Simone holds a special place in our hearts.
Yesterday morning, Families USA and SEIU hosted a health care forum at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte. Leading health care visionaries and activists gathered to celebrate the historic victory of the Affordable Care Act and to discuss what’s at stake for American families and their health care in this election. However, I would say it seemed more like a pep rally than a forum. A pep rally for all the advocates who worked tirelessly to pass the Affordable Care Act and for all of us who continue to fight to protect the progress we’ve made.
Since the Democrats kicked off their party convention, everyone has been talking about health care. From the House Democratic Women’s Caucus promoting the protections that Affordable Care Act has afforded women, to Michelle Obama praising President Obama for his commitment to making sure everyone in America has access to affordable, quality health care—it’s clear Democrats are dedicated to protecting our health care rights.
With all the rhetoric being thrown around about health care, the importance of the reforms we’ve made and the need to protect those reforms and move forward can be easily forgotten. With the release of the Democratic platform last night, it seems they too understand this and want to make sure our health care rights are not only protected, but also improved upon.
We’re barely through the second day of the Democratic National Convention, and I can say with confidence that support for Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) is through the roof!
Last night at the Republican National Convention, Governor Romney’s running mate gave a speech about what he sees for the future of America. While Paul Ryan riled up the crowd with his rhetoric, it has been widely criticized for missing something—the facts.
This past June, the Supreme Court made the historic decision to uphold Obamacare. Although the decision declared the Affordable Care Act constitutional, the Supreme Court’s opinion made one change to the law: Under the ruling, the expansion of Medicaid was changed from a requirement for states to an option.
It’s critical that states choose to expand.
If you follow the news, you may have seen reports that young people are not the healthiest. In fact, there is an ugly prediction for our future: Life expectancy for my generation is expected to decline; we will live shorter lives—on average—than our parents did.
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.