By Peter Morley
My 25th Trip to DC to #ProtectOurCare was specifically to help bring awareness to ACA Open Enrollment, which begins November 1, 2019 (October 15 for California). I wanted to document my meetings & how YOUR voice matters in the fight for healthcare.
Day One (Senate)
My first stop was Senator Doug Jones He deeply cares about Alabamians. He also has a bill to expand Medicaid in ALL 14 states, including Alabama, in the Senate. Senator Jones is our biggest ally to #ProtectOurCare in the south!
Next stop, Senator Jeff Merkley! Senator Merkley has been one of my biggest champions to #ProtectOurCare His calm resolve is a great strength of his. As is the Senator’s compassion.
Just want to give credit, this was Senator Merkley’s idea. I may have worn the more colorful shoes on that day, but the Senator is a hero. I’d be PROUD to walk a mile in his shoes. Just not sure they’d fit.
Senator Ron Wyden claims that there is a “Peter Morley Caucus” in the Senate. I’m not sure about that. But what I am sure about is that I’ve never met anyone more passionate about health care. And no one who is more determined to #ProtectOurCare, than Senator Wyden.
Representing the great state of Maryland, I finally got to meet, Senator Ben Cardin! What a pleasure to know him and fight with him to #ProtectOurCare He wants to make sure that EVERY Marylander knows that they can #GetCovered
Senator Chuck Schumer has been fighting hard for us in the Senate. He knows how important it is to #ProtectOurCare He’s my Senator, and I’m proud to know him. I appreciate everything he has done to support my advocacy throughout Congress. Thank you, Senator Schumer!
Day Two (House of Representative)
Day 2 of my advocacy began with House Representatives from the Illinois state delegation. First up was Rep. Jan Schakowsky from IL-09, one of the most progressive women in Congress. Also, one of the biggest hearts. And her optimism keeps my hope alive!
Dear Congresswoman Lauren Underwood, I can’t tell you how happy it makes me having a nurse with an impactful voice in Congress. I know you understand my personal struggles with healthcare. Keep fighting to #ProtectOurCare. #IL14 is very fortunate to have your representation!
Rep. Chuy García, I wanted to thank you for your commitment to expanding access to quality education, affordable housing, and economic opportunity. #IL04 is so fortunate to have such a passionate leader, and as a patient, thank you for everything you do to #ProtectOurCare
I stopped by to see my Congresswoman and champion of my efforts to #ProtectOurCare in DC, Rep. Carolyn Maloney We’ve made over two dozen videos together. I can’t begin to thank her, but she would want you to know that ACA 2020 Open Enrollment is 11/1/19-1/31/20 for New York!
Rep. Ben Ray Luján, in #NM03 is such an incredible leader. He thinks not only of his constituents but of the entire United States when it comes to his commitment to #ProtectOurCare I am #TeamLujan for his New Mexico Senate run. I ENDORSE him. Thank you for caring so deeply.
What an honor it was to meet Rep. Dwight Evans from #PA03 His digital campaign of ACA success stories is incredibly inspiring. Not only is he committed to #ProtectOurCare, but Congressman Evans is also a member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. Thank YOU!
This picture captures a moment between me and #MA07 Congresswoman Rep. Ayanna Pressley. Our hearts are breaking and grieving for Congressman Cummings. We are honoring his strength and compassion to #ProtectOurCare, because we know that is what he would want. Thank you, Congresswoman!
I stopped by the Rep. Elijah Cummings memorial in the Oversight Committee room to pay my respects. In the short time I knew the Congressman, he had a profound impact on my life. His strength, wisdom and compassion gave me the courage to get through this trip. May he rest in peace.
There are many offices that I want to thank during my 25th trip to DC to #ProtectOurCare:
- Rep. Jamie Raskin, MD-08
- Rep. Harley Rouda, CA-48
- Rep. Andy Levin, MI-09
- Rep. Rosa DeLauro, CT-03
- Rep.Joe Kennedy, MA-04
- Senator Leahy, Vermont
- Senator Patty Murray, Washington
Thank you for your commitment to ACA 2020 Open Enrollment!
- 25 trips to DC
- 350+ meetings in Congress to #ProtectOurCare
- 2 Testimonies in the House
I will continue to fight as I walk the fine line of being a patient with over 10+ #PreExistingConditions and a Patient Advocate. YOUR voice matters! Keep fighting and #NeverGiveUp