Obama names 8 citizens to highlight his successes

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 16, 2013 at 10:56 pm •  Published: January 16, 2013
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— Ida Edwards of Petersburg, Va., a retired nurse and advocate of Obama's health care law who lived through the civil rights movement that inspired Obama's career.

— Erica Chain of San Francisco, who was diagnosed at 27 with a life-threatening brain tumor and was denied coverage from every health insurance provider she applied to. She was able to get coverage because of the Affordable Care Act's prohibition of denials of coverage due to pre-existing conditions and was able to get the surgery she needed to stay alive.

— Lily Griego of Denver, a single mother whose son has been able to attend college because of Pell Grants for low-income families for which Obama increased funding, other financial aid and her work at two jobs.

— Kenyetta Jones of Toledo, Ohio, a 27-year veteran of the General Motors Powertrain Plant in Toledo who was laid off for more than a year in 2009 but was called back to work because Obama approved a second auto industry bailout that year.

— Liz McCartney of New Orleans, who co-founded the nonprofit St. Bernard Project after Hurricane Katrina and has helped rebuild hundreds of homes for hurricane and tornado victims with the support of volunteers and AmeriCorps members. Obama met her when visiting New Orleans for the five-year anniversary of Katrina and promoted the work of the St. Bernard Project in his speech that day.

— Rob Hach of Alta, Iowa, who started a small renewable energy business called Anemometry Specialists and like Obama supports the extension of a wind energy production tax credit.

— David Hall of Washington, who was training to be an Air Force pilot but was kicked out for "homosexual conduct" in 2002 and went on to work for the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell."

— Petty Officer 2nd Class Taylor Morris of Joint Base Charleston, S.C., a bomb disposal expert and native of Cedar Falls, Iowa, who became a quadruple amputee after stepping on a bomb while serving in Afghanistan. Obama met him on a visit to Walter Reed hospital last year and surprised him with the Purple Heart while on a White House tour over the summer.

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