Our Obamacare Story
by Arun Chaudhary
The morning Laura and I got married, I accepted a job with then junior senator from Illinois, Barack Obama, an underdog candidate for President of the United States. This was exciting for a number of reasons, including the potential to make history. But I remember being especially excited about one detail of the job description:
It was the first job I’d ever had that came with health insurance. Good health insurance, the kind that would pay for the treatment for my chronic illness, ulcerative colitis, and physical therapy for Laura’s shoulder injury.
Working for Barack Obama meant no more cutting pills and dosages in half, or skipping doctors appointments because I couldn’t afford to pay out of pocket. It meant my new wife Laura wouldn’t have to live in pain from her shoulder anymore. And it meant that if we were able to somehow pull it off and win, we’d have a President who would fight for everyone to have that high quality care.
I was working long hours on the trail with the Senator as the campaign videographer. But Laura seemed to be working just hard as a volunteer, knocking doors in underserved communities and doing everything she could to get out the vote in key states. We had our healthcare access then, but she wanted to make sure everyone else got it too.
When I see our Congressman, John Culberson, voting again and again and again to repeal the Affordable Care Act and rob millions of Americans of their health coverage, I am more convinced than ever that we need Laura’s voice in Congress.
After thousands of us came together and fought back, Senate Republicans lost their health care vote last night. And while I’m grateful for that victory, I also wish we had better representation in Congress — maybe people who weren’t quite so hell bent on taking away our health care.
And then I think of Laura, back in 2007 and 2008, knocking on doors — even, as Election Day approached, when she was battling morning sickness in her first trimester of a difficult pregnancy — so that more Americans could have access to the kind of healthcare that had for so long eluded us as freelancers and contract workers.
Thank you for standing with us.
Your friend in the fight,
Former First Cameraman, Current Campaign Spouse