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Laura Packard

Laura Packard

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.

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Laura Packard: I was blocked on Twitter by the president. But I’m still there, and he is not.

By: - 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 […]

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Laura Packard: The Affordable Care Act saved my life. What happens if it’s gone?

By: - 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 […]

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Laura Packard: Trump is trying to kill the legislation that saved my life

By: - 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 […]