Dear MoveOn member,
The past three weeks have been a political nightmare for the Affordable Care Act.
A botched website rollout and the media's refusal to cover the stories of the millions of Americans who have already benefited from Obamacare have left the president weakened, Democrats scared, and Republicans emboldened to keep pushing their radical health-care-defunding agenda.
But we can't go back—we won't go back—to the bad ol' days before comprehensive health care reform.
Thankfully, we know what it'll take to turn this political moment around: We're launching a big campaign calling on the media to start giving balanced coverage—and demanding that Congress stand strong for health care reform, because their constituents depend on it.
If we're going to change the narrative, though, we've got to start flooding the Internet and the newsrooms with real-world stories from people whose lives are already better because of the Affordable Care Act. That's the only way the media is every going to pay attention.
The HealthCare.gov website rollout was just the latest piece in the enactment of the Affordable Care Act—Americans have actually been benefiting from the law since 2010. But that's a fact you wouldn't know if you only listened to mainstream media.
Here are just some of the ways you may have benefited already:
- If you have a child with a pre-existing condition—as of September 2010, health insurance companies can no longer deny your child coverage because of that condition, and as of next year, this rule will apply to Americans of all ages.
- If you've had a donut hole in your prescription drug coverage—thanks to Obamacare, you may be one of an estimated 4 million seniors with Medicare who will soon be able to cover the full costs of your prescriptions.
- If you're recently out of college and struggling to find employer-based coverage in the sluggish economy—you can now opt to stay on your parents' plan until you're 26 years old.
- If you received an unexpected rebate from your insurance company—that's because the ACA stops insurers from keeping exorbitant profits instead of paying out significant claims.
- If you live in one of the 25 states expanding Medicaid—you may be one of the 400,000 Americans who've already benefited from their new eligibility for free health care
MoveOn members fought long and hard for health care reform because we knew it would improve the lives of tens of millions of Americans. Democrats have had a hard time thus far explaining just how beneficial the new law is, but we don't plan on letting a PR mishap derail the most significant investment in our country's social safety net in generations.
If you've benefited from Obamacare, or know someone who has—share your story today:
Together, we'll make sure the media starts paying attention.
Thanks for all you do.
–Mark, Alejandro, Rosy, Victoria, and the rest of the team
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