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by Aricka Flowers
Wed Sep 18, 2013

House To Vote On Obamacare — Again, GOP Continues To Hold Federal Government Hostage

The U.S. House is moving forward with a plan to simultaneously fund the federal government and defund the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a Wednesday announcement by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH,8).

The Speaker says the most conservative members of his caucus have made it clear that they will not relent on their attempts to get rid of the health care reform bill, even if it results in a government shutdown.

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by Ashlee Rezin
Wed Aug 21, 2013

Roskam Gets Targeted By Activists For 'Standing In The Way' Of Immigration, Health Care Reform (VIDEO)

While U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R, IL-6) attended a town hall meeting in Naperville on Wednesday, a group of protesters, upset with the congressman’s opposition to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and several immigration reform proposals, held a demonstration outside.

Roskam, the protesters allege, has not offered any concrete solutions to fix the nation’s broken immigration and health care systems, but instead has only blocked solutions based on partisanship.

“Democracy can’t survive on just standing in the way,” said John Gaudette, organizing director for Citizen Action Illinois, who helped organize the protest. “If he’s taking the opposing stance, he needs to tell us what works and come up with an alternative plan.”

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by Michael Sandler
Mon Aug 5, 2013

Two National Advocacy Groups Team Up To Promote ACA Laws

A pair of advocacy groups have joined together for a national campaign that aims to educate the public on the benefits of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as well as hold the legislators accountable who don’t support health care reform.

Leadership from Americans United for Change (AUFC), a progressive advocacy group, and Protect Your Care (PYC), a health care advocacy group, announced the partnership Friday. The campaign is set to kick off this month and the groups will work with constituents nationwide. Hubs will be set up in 10 states that have high ACA enrollment potential, including Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Texas and Louisiana. Brad Woodhouse, president of AUFC, went on the offensive when detailing his organization’s role in the partnership.

“AUFC will concentrate on rapid response: hunting down Republicans and making them explain why they won’t help sign people up and why they want to take people’s benefits away,” Woodhouse said. “We also want Republicans to explain what they would put in Obamacare’s place.”