January 25, 2021
Episode 95

Saving the Affordable Care Act with Laura Packard

Our guest is Laura Packard. Laura is a Stage 4 cancer survivor, a national co-chair of Health Care Voter, and an advocate for effective and affordable health care for everyone. In 2017, just as the Congress was trying to end the Affordable Care Act, Laura was diagnosed with cancer. Like millions of Americans, losing access to affordable healthcare would have been a death sentence, and it inspired a life of activism for Laura.

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Sources for audio clips

Behind the Scenes: The Affordable Care Act - The Obama White House https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBBu5Fz4moc
Senate Passes Health Care Bill - ABC News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5Izf_l_tv0
WATCH: Trump says he wants to 'terminate' ACA, come up with 'brand new' health care https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRL7u126fDg
Biden Slams Trump's Efforts to Undo Obamacare - Bloomberg Politics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdhSfrcwNCs
Lifetime Caps
One paragraph of Obamacare saved this boy’s life - VOX https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GbkvEvWaQs
Open Enrollment Shenanigans
Shameful: Trump Admin Schedules HealthCare.gov Maintenance/Downtime During Open Enrollment - Laura Packard ACA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6OdbBLbRxc
Vaccine Rollout Problems
Dr. Peter Hotez: ‘We Have No Choice But To Vaccinate Our Way Out Of This’ | Deadline | MSNBC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXfohIb4D4o
Supreme Court Case
What Happens If The Supreme Court Strikes Down Obamacare? | NBC News NOW https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsMJ-KQ3kcs
Healthcare Tied to Employer
For many Americans, health coverage is tied to a job -- and now they have neither - PBS NewsHour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hw1vxr0KvmM
Outro
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTKpYIHUXug

Show Credits

Host: Alyssa Milano
Executive Producer: Alyssa Milano
Associate Producer: Ben Jackson
Editing and Sound Production: Natasha Jacobs
Music by: Josh Cooke & Eleisha Eagle