Nahla Kayali is a foot soldier for Obamacare.
She is among the first wave of 2,000 community organizers in California getting trained to persuade more than 1 million uninsured people in the state to sign up for subsidized health coverage under President Barack Obama’s reform law.
Kayali and her cohorts begin their mission next month, armed with flyers, pamphlets and a small army of volunteers who speak 13 languages.
“We’re getting consumers and small businesses the tools to enroll, and trying to eliminate the barriers to enrolling,” said Kayali, 55, who runs a non-profit that provides social services to Arab Christians and Muslims in Orange County, just south of Los Angeles. “We’re going to break down the stigma – any barrier, whether it’s a language barrier or a cultural barrier.”