Volunteers ensure public is insured under Obamacare
Published: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 02:10
A number of volunteers from Organizing for Action (OFA) passed out flyers Uptown Thursday in an attempt to raise awareness of the Affordable Care Act.
OFA, a grassroots organization, said they work to educate the community and support the agenda a majority of Americans supported in the 2012 election. It supports a variety of issues from comprehensive immigration reform to climate change and gun violence prevention.
According to junior Jonathan Fox, a volunteer for OFA, the organization’s aim is to get seven million Americans covered by health insurance by March 2014.
Beginning this month, they said they are trying to get 2.7 million Americans, ages 18 to
Since there are a number of healthcare options available, Fox suggested visiting healthcare.gov to view the different exchanges and see for what type of healthcare each individual may
Senior Alexander Block, another OFA volunteer, said he supports the Affordable Care Act because it allows him to be on his parents’ health plan until he is 26 years old.
A Miami University senior, Block said health care should be one less thing to worry about upon graduation.
“Normally, I’d have to worry about getting health insurance right away and what’s nice about Obamacare,” Block said. “I can stay on my parents plan until I’m 26 years old, so that gives me some time to find a career and find a job and then have to worry about getting health insurance. The longer I can stay on my parents’ plan, the better.”
Senior Ryan Reichel said being able to remain on his parents’ plan longer will be beneficial.
“Many students trying to get jobs provide for themselves independently, it would seem that it will lessen their burden to be on their parents healthcare,” Reichel said.
Calling the Affordable Care Act Obamacare has different effects on people, according to Fox. The language makes a difference, and OFA said they are trying to raise more awareness about
“All we’re trying to do is educate the youth,” Fox said. “Obama really does care, that’s one of our staples that we put out there.”
The president signed the Affordable Care Act in 2010.
“In terms of the law, it was very difficult getting it passed, there was the legislative process and getting it passed was difficult,” Fox said.
“MU gets this reputation of being a right wing conservative school and ... I think there are a lot more democrats here on campus than people realize,” Block said.
First-year Nick Storm has different views.
“I might not be for Obamacare, but I am definitely for the reform of the health care system,”