Within hours of the networks declaring on Nov. 9 that Donald Trump would be the next president, officials at the health care advocacy group Families USA decided to convene a nationwide conference call of activists and interest groups. The subject: saving Obamacare from repeal.
They circulated an invitation email at about noon for a scheduled call at 3 p.m. ― not a lot of lead time, particularly with so many of the Affordable Care Act’s most passionate defenders in varying states of shock and sadness over the election results.
But more than 1,000 people called in, according to Ron Pollack, president of Families USA. “The response was tremendous,” he said. And since then, he says, firm plans have started to take shape.