Grand Rapids — President Obama’s election is a no-brainer for Grand Rapids’ Gail C. “I always knew that, despite the full plate of problems he's had to handle, he is for us and our country for the full two terms!” she said.
And when Gail says he is “for us”, she isn’t only talking about the greater American family, she specifically means her own. Gail’s granddaughter suffers from Sjögren's (SHO-grins) syndrome, an autoimmune disease that attacks the glands that produce tears and saliva. As many as four million Americans struggle with the disorder. While the condition normally appears in a female’s late 40’s, her grandchild has coped with it since she was a teenager.
Now 20-years-old, the disorder has kept her from being able to remain in college or hold steady employment. Historically, Gail’s granddaughter could have expected to face tremendous out-of-pocket costs to manage the syndrome. But with the Affordable Care Act, she can count on five more years of insurance through her parent’s policy. After that, she can shop for an individual health plan on new insurance exchanges where she can’t be discriminated against because of her condition and where she can receive subsidies, if needed, to afford the cost of her policy. For Gail, her granddaughter’s struggles have brought the watershed moment of health reform home.
“I've known, and heard ever since the 60's, how much it was needed and Obama did it!” she said. “I simply believe that it is necessary for me to do everything in my power to help him.”
To fulfill that commitment, Gail became a community organizer for the President’s agenda back in January of 2010. With an IT background, she first joined up as a Data Entry leader. Just over a year later, she recruits and develops her fellow volunteers into team leaders that help fight to protect historic achievements like the Affordable Care Act. Making her commitment even more impressive is the fact that Gail had never been politically active until President Obama took office.
“I’ve never really thought about the impact I could have,” she said. “I just felt that I had to do something to help.”
Change happens when every-day people do extraordinary things. It happens when a Gail C. decides the time has come. If you’re ready to stand alongside Gail and so many others, call 517-515-9154! The next step forward for America depends on you!