Over the past five years, we at Community Catalyst have watched the Affordable Care Act go from a hotly contested piece of legislation to a hotly contested law that, despite non-stop efforts to undermine it, has given millions of American’s access to health care. The ACA is fulfilling its promise to the American people.
Unfortunately, unrelenting attacks on the law, heightened by media coverage, have overshadowed the ACA’s impact on real people. On the heels of a second successful enrollment period that ends today with more than 11 million people signing up for coverage, it’s time to put the attacks against the ACA to rest. Americans are tired of the political posturing that’s resulted in more than 50 votes to repeal the law. Recent polling shows that more Americans support than oppose the law, and that more people would rather see the law improved or kept as is than repealed.
It’s time to turn the focus on what this law is really about – people, not politics. It’s about your friend with diabetes who can now no longer be denied the coverage she needs to stay healthy. It’s about your neighbor who can start a new business without the worry of losing access to affordable health care coverage. It’s about a family member who won’t have to go into debt to pay for a hospital stay. We need to lift up those stories.
That begins with sharing the stories of people like Julie. Julie is an aunt, a wife and a successful musician, who, thanks to the ACA, had coverage when she needed it most. Today, the Community Catalyst Action Fund launched a national ad campaign about Julie’s experience with the ACA. We think Julie’s story and the message in this campaign is one worth sharing.
For more than 20 years, Julie went without health insurance. Thanks to the ACA, Julie was covered when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her coverage gave her peace of mind and access to affordable treatment for her cancer. Everyone should be able to have the quality, affordable health coverage they need—just like Julie has. While the ad is only 30 seconds long, it is a powerful example of what the ACA means to people who have gotten covered.
We hope you can help share Julie’s story and the powerful impact of the ACA.