Sisters and Brothers,
Seven years ago today, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. I didn't know it at the time, but the ACA would have a profound impact on my life.
Less than a month after the ACA passed and about six weeks after I moved from Utah to Oregon, I was hit by a car while riding my bike. I lost my ability to hike, rock climb, white water raft, mountain bike and play softball. After working as a wilderness guide in Utah, it was difficult knowing that I wouldn't be able to enjoy Mount Hood or the Pacific Ocean like I had hoped. But the ACA's Medicaid expansion allowed me to have regular checkups with my doctor for the first time, and I was able to get treatment for a congenital disease that, combined with my traumatic injuries, had left me unable to walk or perform many functions of daily living. My life, mind and mobility were saved by this care.
Everyone should have health care like I received from the ACA, no matter their race, age, sexuality, ability, gender identity, religious belief or income. Will you donate $5 to support Our Revolution's fight for a single-payer, Medicare-for-all health care system?
The Republican bill will cap and cut Medicaid by $880 Billion from the people who need it most - people with children, substance abuse problems, in need of mental health care or who have a disability like me. After coming out as transgender to my family, I lost the support system that had protected me, but thanks to Medicaid and my diagnosis I successfully applied for Social Security Disability Insurance. I don't know where I would be without it.
Our Revolution shares my belief that America should guarantee health care as a human right. We lag behind the major industrialized countries of the world in failing to grant this right to our citizens, and with the majority of Americans supporting universal coverage, there has never been more momentum to bring about such a needed change.