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By Emily Kousma Huestis
Why do I advocate? I’m an American, a wife, and mother raising two little citizens. I advocate because my faith and because my family’s life and many of our friends’ lives have been affected by the lack of access to affordable, quality health care. Poor health is a leading cause of hunger and poverty in the United States. For me, this issue is personal.
Last month, about 40 neighbors and I met with our congressman U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH-07) to discuss our concerns about plans to hastily repeal the ACA. We came with stories and data to support our position. Though we were listened to, I don’t believe we were heard.
So, I scheduled a follow-up meeting with the congressman’s district director to continue the conversation.
Fourteen of us presented more stories in support of the ACA. A businesswoman shared that without the implementation of the ACA, she and her husband were looking at bankruptcy (despite the profitability of their businesses) because as a cancer survivor, their family couldn’t afford the insurance premiums. The ACA made their health care affordable.
Again, I’m not all that sure if we were heard, but I know that it won’t stop us from using our voices and speaking up. I mailed a thank you note to the congressman to let him know that I’ll be in touch because our conversation will continue. The issue of affordable health care is just too important not to keep talking about.it
Emily Kousma Huestis is a Bread member who lives in Ashland, Ohio.
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A set of how-to sheets for carrying out advocacy and fact sheets on the current issues Bread for the World is working on.
For new and current Bread grassroots hunger activists.
Ideal as a starter toolkit for new Bread activists or as a set of updates for current activists.
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