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Laura Packard

Laura Packard

Laura Packard is a stage 4 cancer survivor and Denver-based health care advocate, and founder of Health Care Voices, a nonprofit grassroots organization for adults with serious medical conditions.

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Lauren Boebert cares most about Lauren Boebert, not Coloradans like me

By: - May 22, 2021

As Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado tweeted on Wednesday, “Liz Cheney is the GOP of the past. We are not going back.” So let’s dig in a little more into what the brave new Republican world of 2021 looks like. I’m a blood cancer survivor in Colorado. Four years ago, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s […]

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

By: - January 20, 2021

Three and a half years ago, 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 […]

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

By: - November 13, 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 […]