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How Obamacare Saved One Steelworkers Family

Labor has a long history of fighting to the health of their workers.  What about the children of their workers?  Do they fight for them? ABSOLUTELY. Here is the best part, that union who is fighting for their workers health, their children’s health, is also fighting for your child’s health.  Don’t believe me, I will prove it.

Labor unions have been fighting for the Affordable Care Act since it has been introduced.  Why, because healthcare is one of the biggest fights in a contract.
There are three major items that are discussed in a collective bargaining agreement.

1. Pay.

2. Vacation and Sick time.

3. Healthcare benefits and costs.


There are many other items that are discussed in creating a mutually agreed upon contract, however these three are the reasons that most unions and management end up in impasse.  For example, the most recent strike between Verizon and IBEW/CWA workers came down to the amount of money that workers would have to pay for health insurance and the pay cut they would have to endure.


Now the United Steel Workers are bringing the Affordable Care Act to the front of the Presidential race.  Both sides are talking about the ACA but the majority of Americans do not understand what the ACA will do.  This new video from USW tell the story of one families struggles and how the ACA has saved their family and most importantly guaranteed insurance coverage for their son.

My name is Karrie Turner. I’m a proud Steelworker wife – married to the love of my life, Craig, and a mommy to three young boys: Travis, Trenton and Tucker.

I’m writing to share my story and to ask you to please keep fighting for me and my family.

As a member of USW Local 7248, Craig works hard every day. In October 2005, when our first-born Travis was just 9 months old, our world was turned upside down. Our baby was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma, a rare form of liver cancer.

Luckily, Travis’s father, a United Steel Worker, had health insurance as part of his negotiated contract.  The problem came when Travis endured multiple surgeries and rounds of chemotherapy.   Travis had reached the one million dollar cap with their insurance.  Travis’s condition also prohibited him from every getting insurance in the future.


That all changed when the President signed the Affordable Care Act.  With the passage of the ACA, Travis could no longer be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition.  Now Travis and his family will never have to worry about getting insurance coverage again.

This is just one more reason to support President Obama this election.  It is for the millions of people like Travis who would never be able to get insurance are now protected.  Mitt Romney has already stated that he would repeal the ACA. This has become a priority of Romney/Ryan campaign.


Karrie Turner said:

I’m not a political person, or a union official or wealthy campaign donor. I’m just a mom.  And as a mom, I’ll do everything in my power to protect my kids.  President Obama fought for my son. Now, my family is fighting for him.

Your vote can help protect children like Travis.   Will you use your vote to protect children or protect ‘corporate people’? 




About Matt Murray

Matt Murray is the creator and an author on the NH Labor News. He is a union member and advocate for labor and progressive politics. He also works with other unions and members to help spread our message. Follow him on Twitter @NHLabor_News
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