Alicia Donahue says she was inspired by the organizing work she did for the Women’s March in St. Paul that drew more about 100,000 people. She says the “momentum” of that event is one of the reasons she “decided I’m ready to take that fight to Washington.”
Folks who got healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act are closely watching as the new healthcare bill is drafted in the Senate – including some who say Obamacare saved their lives.
The Senate “repeal and replace” legislation is still being negotiated behind closed doors, although observers say it will closely resemble the bill that passed the House. That’s disturbing to cancer survivor Russell Williams. After he was diagnosed with testicular cancer, Williams said he struggled to get the insurance he needed to have surgery and then, what he called “aggressive chemo.”
He said it was a close call.
“One gentleman looked at me and his words were, ‘So you want insurance with a late-stage cancer diagnosis? Good luck with that,’” Williams recalled. “Had the Obama Administration not pushed and made the Affordable Care Act happen, I’d be dead.”
Supporters of the Senate bill say patients with pre-existing conditions would still be covered. But other observers have warned that their premiums would go up so much, they’d likely lose coverage anyway.
What the proposed law may look like
Millions of Americans are bullied at work or are aware of toxic behavior on the job. Advocates in Minnesota are working to make it as taboo as other forms of abuse.
Leah Porter set out to bring healthy, affordable food to people who don’t normally have access to it. Her Mobile Market accomplished that, but it brought a few surprises as well—a better connected and compassionate community.