Laura Packard

Laura Packard is a Denver-based health care advocate and founder of Health Care Voices, a non-profit grassroots organization for adults with serious medical conditions, senior advisor to Be a Hero and co-chair of Health Care Voter. Follow her on Twitter: @lpackard

Articles by this author

In the richest country in the world, nobody should ever go without the care they need. (Photo: Getty Images/Stock Photo/Malte Mueller) Views
Tuesday, April 06, 2021
It's Time to Junk "Junk Insurance"
About four years ago, I was a 40 year old healthy, successful, and busy small business owner. Then I walked into a doctor’s office with a nagging cough, and walked out as a stage 4 cancer patient. I’m still here today, writing this, because the Affordable Care Act saved my life. I never could have...
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Participants hold signs while protesting the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act in 2017. (Pre-COVID) (Photo by Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Monday, March 08, 2021
Congress Must Expand Health Care Now Through the American Rescue Plan
I would not be here today if it weren’t for the Affordable Care Act. Four years ago, I was diagnosed with stage four cancer, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The ACA saved my life. Now, we have a moment to expand health care for millions of Americans and save their lives in this pandemic—if we don’t blow it...
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Vicki Ibarra opens a late medical bill for her son at her home on Saturday, February 2, 2019 in Fresno, California. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, February 09, 2021
Hedge Funds Tried to Kill GameStop. Now They’re Coming for Our Health Care System Too
Americans are drowning in billions of dollars of medical debt, which continues to grow through this crisis. In the midst of a pandemic, ending surprise medical billing and the toll it takes on those of us already going through medical trauma is more critical than ever. Congress finally came to an...
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