Portraits of PA

The faces and issues that connect us.

Portraits of PA is a rotating photo gallery produced by the PA Senate Democrats. We aim to connect with Pennsylvanians on a deeper level to explore issues that impact their daily lives. These are your neighbors, your family, your friends, your community. By bringing these issues to life, and sharing these stories, we hope to create real, meaningful and lasting change.

Portraits of PA: Faces of the Affordable Care Act

In late 2017, the PA Senate Democrats toured the state to enroll folks in healthcare coverage for 2018. We were able to connect with and enroll hundreds of Pennsylvanians. These are just some of the folks we had the privilege of meeting during this initiative. We learned so much from them – how important healthcare is to them and their families, what it feels like to be without insurance, what it’s like to not be able to afford premiums, and so much more. By partnering with the Department of Insurance and certified navigators, we were able to answer questions, take people through the enrollment process, and, in many cases, reduce monthly payments for health insurance.

Nisa Ra

“It should be important to everyone but as we age we have to emphasize it more.”

Deborah Doran

“It’s very important, you need it.”

Gerard Healey

Nate Person

“It means a lot that I can afford it and it’s worth it.”

Linda Drey

“It’s everything. You could lose your house you could lose… god, everything. It’s something you can’t go without.”

Amanda Fuller

“The world, I’ve been trying for a year and it took him 25 min. He just swooped down like an angel and saved me.”

Toni Gallelli

Jatinder Singh

Erick Calarco

Bryant Huff

“What’s it mean to have health insurance? Everything”

Mark Arbegast

“Basically that if I run into issues I can deal with them.”

Jayne Kolesa

“Security. It means a lot.”

Rev. Michael Murray

Nina Carraghan

“Peace of mind.”

Carol Voutsinos

“I don’t want to be a burden on anyone.”