Laura Packard is a stage 4 cancer survivor, founder of Voices of Health Care, co-chair of the Health Care Voter campaign, and a small business owner based in Denver. A former Michigander, she has worked on campaigns in several states, including in Arkansas in 2009-10 to help get the Affordable Care Act passed in the first place.
Lives hang in the balance as time runs out for action on health insurance
By: Laura Packard - July 26, 2022
Five years ago I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Yet I’m the lucky one. I could afford to get treatment. Too many people in America don’t have the health care they need, even today. The 2021 American Rescue Plan included subsidies to make health insurance more affordable than ever, resulting in a record-breaking […]
Laura Packard: I was blocked on Twitter by the president. But I’m still there, and he is not.
By: Laura Packard - January 25, 2021
Three and a half years ago, former President Donald Trump blocked me on Twitter. After the Jan. 6 attack on our democracy, he has been deplatformed by Twitter itself and most other social media sites. Having worked with the Knight First Amendment Institute to get my account unblocked by the president, I recognize both the power and responsibility of […]
Laura Packard: The Affordable Care Act saved my life. What happens if it’s gone?
By: Laura Packard - November 24, 2020
Three years ago I walked into a doctor’s office with a nagging cough, and walked out with a stage 4 cancer diagnosis. I’m here, today, because the Affordable Care Act saved my life. But now it’s under attack, again. The care I received cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, money that most of us don’t […]
Laura Packard: Trump is trying to kill the legislation that saved my life
By: Laura Packard - April 3, 2019
When I was healthy, I had the freedom to live anywhere in the country. And so I did. Today, my cancer diagnosis means my first priority has to be staying alive — so now, I am a Coloradan. I was fortunate enough to be able to move to Denver earlier this year. It’s a beautiful […]