Rally for the Affordable Care Act Tomorrow!

March 26, 2012

The Affordable Care Act prevents health insurance companies from denying me coverage or charging me higher rates because I happen to be a woman. I am grateful for this, and you should be too. Vocalize your appreciation for the ACA on Tuesday, March 27, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. outside of the U.S. Supreme Court, where oral arguments regarding the law will be heard. Come show the media and the world that you support the ACA and its benefits, which are already improving the lives of millions of Americans.

Thanks to the ACA, earning valuable internship experience and maintaining my health care coverage are not mutually exclusive. Under a provision of the law, I’ve maintained health insurance coverage through my mother’s plan and can continue to do so until I turn 26. Having health insurance has enabled me to accept low-paying internships — amazing learning opportunities that would be financially beyond my reach if I were among the millions of uninsured Americans struggling under the burden of their health care costs. Under my mom’s plan, my prescriptions remain covered, and I can see my doctor without facing exorbitant walk-in rates or co-pays. Those savings help me manage other expenses like groceries, rent, and student loan payments.

Americans around the country are doing fantastic work to educate our citizens about the benefits they’re now entitled to under the Affordable Care Act. I was lucky enough to attend the White House Champions of Change event, where 10 inspiring individuals from the medical, nursing, social services, advocacy, and faith communities were honored for going above and beyond to ensure that Americans understand how the ACA helps them manage their health care needs.

As implementation of the ACA continues, the law’s champions recognize the critical need for America’s medical professionals, nurses, public servants, and community leaders to educate their patients, colleagues, families, and friends about the numerous consumer protections and benefits that the law provides. Sharing personal stories about the law’s benefits — like I have above — helps strengthen public understanding of how the ACA already has and will continue to save and improve the lives of American citizens.

Learn about how your state is implementing the ACA, recognize its benefits in your life, and rally in support of the Affordable Care Act outside of the Supreme Court on Tuesday, March 27, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This post was written by AAUW Public Policy Intern Julie Seger.

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4 Comments

  1. Guest commenter says:

    Julie, I’m intrigued to hear that that AAUW is now rallying in favor of the Affordable Care Act. As you may know, AAUW declined to support the overall bill prior to its enactment in 2010. Can you shed light on when and why AAUW changed its mind?

  2. JJS says:

    Good question. AAUW believes that, although not perfect by any stretch, many of the reforms included in the ACA will improve the collective health of the American people. It is our hope that the elimination of preexisting conditions and gender rating in the individual and small groups markets will result in better outcomes for more women. Unfortunately, many women will find that they have less coverage for full reproductive services due to far-reaching limitations in the new law. AAUW will continue to work to restore full access to all health care for women.

  3. Guest commenter says:

    I appreciate the response, but in all fairness. it avoids entirely my original question.

    I understand that AAUW either supported or opposed the individual provisions you mention – they’re all discussed in more detail in AAUW’s healthcare position paper, from which the crux of your response appears lifted. But my question pertained to support of the overall bill, not the handful of components discussed in your reply.

    To reiterate: AAUW declined to take an official position of support (or opposition) prior to the March 2010 congressional vote. But this blog post suggests that AAUW now supports the law and hopes the Supreme Court votes to upholds it. So again I ask: can you shed light on when and why AAUW changed its mind?

  4. JJS says:

    In terms of the overall bill, AAUW has not changed its position on the Affordable Care Act.The views in this blog post are my own. For additional information on AAUW’s position regarding the Affordable Care Act, I encourage you to contact AAUW’s Public Policy and Government Relations Department by emailing advocacy@aauw.org or calling 202-785-7793

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