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But for the government, I wouldn't be where I am today.

I was thirty-something, with three kids, married and working hard. I had to ask my boss for a raise - I worked hard and I deserved it. I helped an accountant classify expenditures. He had the degree, I had the talent. The accountant made three times ...


I have a daughter who works just under 40 hours a week so she gets no benefits; she also cannot afford an apartment so she and my granddaughter live with me. One of my sons went to school to become a mechanic and got a full time job with an established ...

Our children are hungry

As a head start teacher i work with low income families. Many of our families hold minimum wage jobs and depend on food assistance programs to feed their families. SNAP and WIC provide that much needed support. SNAP also provides funding for nutrition ...

Keep helping those that need help

Living in rural WV, I had to get food stamps and a medical card for my children because i wasn't able to get a job when they were younger. Now my daughter also needs to use an EBT card and a medical card for her son just to make ends meet between trying ...

Single mother of 3

I am a single mother of three living with my single mother. I became a full time student at CSUN last year. The first year of school was quite difficult. I am not employed. I took out student loans and applied for all available financial aid. This year ...

Government has a Role in Helping Us Prosper

My family has relied on Food Stamps at times. It amazes me that Congressional Republicans (and some Democrats) have no qualms about throwing money to defense boondoggles designed to enrich shady defense contractors, and corporate welfare yet would let ...

I am a Preschool Teacher

I have a very important story, as I have the awesome responsibility in getting children ready for Kindergarten!

Every day is an important day in the life of a child...and Early Childhood Educators work extremely hard in honoring the social/emotional, ...


My Child

My daughter just turned five years old on the fifth of November. If it were not for WIC I have no idea how I would have gotten formula for my daughter. I was not fortunate to be able to breast feed due to illnesses I had after I gave birth. I was on ...

growing inequality

I'm deeply concerned about growing inequality in this country. We seem to accept it as a natural part of the American dream, that there are haves and have-nots. But the extremes to which these groups exist is not natural, and it's not acceptable. We need ...


I am thankful for having Medicaid and WIC when I became pregnant. I contribute my sons health to having medical assistance & help with nutritional food (milk, peanut butter, juice, eggs). Its expensive having a baby and it really helped sooo much. Then ...

I got Kaiser Silver Plan on October 7th

I signed up for a Silver Plan from Kaiser through the Colorado Health Exchange in early October and got wonderful coverage which, with my early SS retirement as my only income, costs me only $68 per month.

Hungry Children

Today I heard a story on how important nutrition is to the first 3 years of life, physical and mental development. As a grandmother I am concerned that we are not meeting the needs of the future generation, cutting food stamps for our citizens is not ...

My letter to Brian Williams at NBC News

To Brian Williams: You are a heck of a guy and I love your wit, but soon I will not be watching any mainstream media. Your reporting about the outrageous costs of Obamacare is just plain ridiculous. I just signed up. Sure it took awhile and the website ...

insurance exchange

I got online in Wa. state to find affordable health insurance. The first time was a little frustrating and the system cut me off and said to try back. I tried back a few days later, got online, finished the forms and got a better insurance plan than I ...


I am a 35 year old career woman. Im afraid that will be all I will ever be because I do not make enough money to save for having a baby. It is scary to think about a $10,000 doctor bill just to have the baby. But its scarier to go without pay for 3 months. ...

revamp these programs

These programs should be saved. The elderly should be able to get food stamps more than the young girls who are getting pregnant for the fun of it. Familines who are struggling to make it should have a better chance to get food stamps and hud . there ...
—Connie MS


I'm a single mom with a master's level education. My ex-husband currently gives me nothing for child support. The laws to enforce it are too weak. Luckily I have a job and very supportive parents but my parents shouldn't have to help support us. I am ...

Cancer at 34

I had colon cancer at 34 and fortunately was covered by an employer-sponsored health plan at the time.

However, my partner and I are both entrepreneurs, and until the ACA, it weighed heavily on us that my only option for future coverage was if one of ...


Gail is alright

I am on medicare, medicaid, food stamps. Being on medicaid and knowing the donut hole is going too close is a big help that I can thank the Affordable Care Act for.

unemployed for 9 mos.

I was laid off my job after 9 yrs of service and have been receiving unemployment benefits since April 2013. I am a single female with no additional income except Unemployment benefits without it I would not have been able to pay my mortgage, utilities, ...
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