Laura Packard

Laura Packard (born May 23, 1976) is an American health care activist[1] and political commentator. She is the founder of Health Care Voices,[2] a non-profit grassroots organization for adults with serious medical conditions. She is Executive Director of the group Health Care Voter,[3] with actress Alyssa Milano, singer T-Boz, politicians Donna Edwards and Anton Gunn, activists Ady Barkan and Brad Woodhouse, and others as co-chairs.[4] She is also Executive Director of Get America Covered, a group that promotes increased health coverage.[5]

Laura Packard
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Packard in 2020
Born (1976-05-23) May 23, 1976 (age 45)
EducationUniversity of Michigan (BS, Computer Science)
OccupationHealth care activist
Known forHealth Care Voices, Health Care Voter, Get America Covered
Websitehealthcarevoices.org

Packard was a featured speaker at the 2020 Democratic National Convention with Joe Biden.[6][7]

A self-employed small business owner,[8] she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2017.[9] Believing that the Affordable Care Act saved her life[10] and that without it she would be bankrupt or dead without the care she received through her insurance,[11] she became an outspoken critic of repeal attempts. Her sharp questioning led United States Senator Dean Heller to eject her from a public event,[12] and her criticism of President Donald Trump resulted in him blocking her on Twitter.[13] A 2018 lawsuit, Knight First Amendment Institute v. Trump, forced President Donald Trump to reinstate her access to his social media accounts, along with that of 40 others.[14]

Packard spoke on three national bus tours with progressive health care advocacy organization Protect Our Care in 2018,[15] 2019[16] and 2021.[17]

Moving to Denver, Colorado in 2019, her political advocacy broadened to include challenges to United States Senator Cory Gardner’s community engagement, and she went on a statewide bus tour with “Cardboard Cory” to accentuate his purported inaccessibility.[18]

In 2018, Packard was noted for her outspoken opposition to the nomination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh.[19] She was included again in media coverage for her 2020 opposition to the nomination of Justice Amy Coney Barrett.[20]

She has appeared as a contributor on health issues on ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, and on Colorado Public Radio, among other media.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Epstein, Reid (July 16, 2019). "Pete Buttigieg and Kamala Harris Have Made Waves. Some Progressives Remain Skeptical". New York Times.
  2. ^ Menendez, Alicia (September 19, 2020). "'Healthcare is at risk': The impact of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death on everyday Americans". MSNBC.
  3. ^ Cancryn, Adam (August 19, 2021). "What's driving Biden's booster plan". Politico.
  4. ^ "Health Care Voter announces Six new campaign co-chairs, ramps up ahead of 2018 elections". Patriot Not Partisan. January 22, 2018.
  5. ^ Carrns, Ann (February 5, 2021). "In 'Do-Over,' Enrollment in Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Reopens". New York Times.
  6. ^ Wingerter, Justin (August 18, 2020). "Denver health care activist speaking at Democratic convention". Denver Post.
  7. ^ Phillips, Amber (August 19, 2020). "Four issues besides coronavirus that Democrats are hammering at their convention". Washington Post.
  8. ^ Liacko, Alexa (October 30, 2020). "Cancer survivor worried politics over healthcare will bankrupt or cost her her life". ABC Denver 7.
  9. ^ Packard, Laura (December 23, 2019). "Obamacare saved my life, now its on the brink of destruction". Denver Post.
  10. ^ Packard, Laura (September 24, 2020). "Trump and Republicans' health care 'plan' would endanger people like me amid Covid-19". NBC News.
  11. ^ Packard, Laura (March 22, 2020). "I'd be bankrupt or dead without the Affordable Care Act. We're both survivors — so far". USA Today.
  12. ^ "Woman says she was asked to leave after asking Sen. Heller health-care question". Washington Post. December 4, 2017.
  13. ^ Hayes, Christal (September 20, 2017). "Trump Twitter-Blocked a Woman with Stage 4 Cancer — And She Has a Message for Him". Newsweek.
  14. ^ Binder, Matt (August 29, 2018). "President Trump forced to unblock dozens of Twitter users after court ruling". Mashable.
  15. ^ "Health Care Activist Laura Packard to Join Protect Our Care's Bus Tour". Protect Our Care. September 11, 2018.
  16. ^ "THIS WEEK: Protect Our Care "Health Care Emergency" Bus Tour Kicks Off With Stops in Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado". Protect Our Care. August 1, 2019.
  17. ^ Roberts, Spencer (August 9, 2021). "'Protect Our Care' bus tour advocates for better, affordable healthcare". WABI.
  18. ^ Grenoble, Ryan (August 26, 2019). "A Cardboard Cutout Of Sen. Cory Gardner Just Wrapped Up A Statewide Bus Tour". Huffington Post.
  19. ^ Scherer, Michael (July 9, 2018). "With Trump's nominee announced, the battle for the court begins". Washington Post.
  20. ^ Holpuch, Amanda (October 2, 2020). "Fears for Obamacare if Amy Coney Barrett confirmed to supreme court". The Guardian.