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Marcelas Owens was 11 years old when he first stepped into the spotlight. “[My mom] missed so much work that she lost her job. And along with her job, she lost her health care. And losing her health care ended up costing her her life,” he said in 2010 addressing Democratic Senate leadership at a press conference. ”And I wanted to finish her fight for healthcare,” he declared.

Later that month a victorious Marcelas watched on as the president signed the Affordable Care Act into law.The law became active on October 1, 2013.

Marcelas could not contain his happiness:

“So many people are going to be benefiting from this. I don’t even think people realize,”

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