A self-described non-partisan organization promoting affordable health care has received a $1.1million grant to create a database of Obamacare success stories, it was revealed today.
The Washington, DC-based non-profit group Families USA was awarded the grant October 4 by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
On the foundation’s website it states that the money was made available to Families USA ‘to publicize the available insurance options under the Affordable Care Act.’
The description of the grant goes on to say that the $1.1million will be used to increase the organization’s capacity ‘to expand its well-established story-bank operation to produce’ more stories from real Americans about their experiences with Obamacare.
The story was first reported by Capitol City Project – a right-wing investigative news group based out of DC.
On its website, Families USA asks users to share their stories relating to the Affordable Care Act in an effort to illustrate ‘the human need for health reform.’
‘Now that we’ve crossed the finish line, it’s time to educate the public about health reform and how it will affect them,’ the site proclaims. ‘The best way to do that is to tell your story, giving a real example of the status quo and the impact of change.’
In the ‘Story Bank’ section of the portal, Families USA outlines the kind of examples it’s interested in collecting, among them tales of individuals and small businesses who will buy insurance on the new exchanges; people who have been hit hard by the lack of Medicaid expansion in their state; patients with pre-existing conditions who now can get insured, and others.
‘The purpose is to bridge the information gap for people who can significantly benefit from the Affordable Care Act,’ Ron Pollack, the co-founder and executive director of Families USA, told Time Magazine last month.