Clements: Brittany Ivey, a Georgia Farm Bureau member and Young Farmer & Rancher Committee chair of Stephens County was invited to participate in a discussion on the impact of the Affordable Care Act at the White House. Ivey was a guest of Congressman Doug Collins at the president’s address to the Joint Session of Congress last month, after she was able to share with the congressman how the Affordable Care Act had impacted her family.
Ivey: Congressman Collins’ office called and asked if they could start pushing my story out some and would I be interested in being his guest at the joint address that the president made February 28 to Congress, and so I was able to set in the balcony and hear that. And I thought that was a great day, so you can imagine how floored I was when the White House office called and asked if I’d come back and talk with the President about the Affordable Care Act’s impact on my family.
Clements: The roundtable discussion featured physicians, small business owners and farmers who talked about the impact of the act on their industries.
Ivey: One of them was a row cropper from Tennessee and the other lady was a cattle farmer from northern Colorado. And both of them talked about how the rising cost of their healthcare has prevented them from buying new equipment and expanding their farms.
Clements: Ivey says AFBF programs, including competing in the discussion meet at the 2015 AFBF Annual Convention, helped her prepare for being an advocate for agriculture.
Ivey: That really helped me tell my story because the discussion meet covers issues that relate to farms in our areas and it helped me to realize that there’s a place and a time when you need to stand up and you need to be an advocate for yourself and your community, and that’s what I did again today.
Clements: Micheal Clements, Washington.
Communications Assistant, AFBF