We rarely see Michelle on the front lines, but she is back out there again. This time for Obamacare. It is a remnant of 2007, the old “Yes We Can “days, when Mrs. Obama was stomping for our president. Despite the attacks she underwent, Michelle came out smelling like a rose. America developed an affection for her then and it has yet to end.
In fact, she has ratings that are much higher than the president does, so she can actually explain the advantage of having ACA, and perhaps people will listen. Not much has been said about it, but because of the horrible shutdown and a disastrous roll out a week has been added to extend the deadline, allowing more people to sign up. More importantly, people need to understand what Obamacare is. Michelle Obama is out to set things straight.
“Mrs. Obama also was appearing on three African-American radio shows to encourage Americans to enroll. Minorities are less likely to have health insurance, so the administration has been targeting them in sign-up campaigns.
‘The Obama administration needs millions of Americans — especially younger, healthy people — to sign up through new exchanges to keep prices low. Insurance sign-ups through the exchanges have been hindered in the first months by widespread website problems.”
Mrs. Obama wrote the following article, to show mothers the importance of being protected by the ACA. http://www.babble.com/mom/affordable-care-act-michelle-obama-op-ed/
SPECIAL OP-ED:First Lady Michelle Obama on Why the Affordable Care Act Is a Good Thing
By MICHELLE OBAMA | December 18th, 2013 at 12:21 pm
Late one night about twelve years ago, our baby daughter Sasha woke up sick. When we took her to our pediatrician the next morning, he took one look at her and sent us straight to the emergency room. He was worried that Sasha might have meningitis – and he was right.
But we were lucky. While our finances weren't exactly in great shape back then – we were still struggling to pay off our student loans and pay down our mortgage – we had health insurance. So during the three long days Sasha spent in the hospital, our only worry was about her health because we knew the bills would be covered. And fortunately, while her care must have been terribly expensive, it didn't come anywhere near triggering her lifetime insurance caps.
Sadly, too many families with medical crises like ours aren't so fortunate. Week after week, my husband and I hear from mothers whose children have serious illnesses, or whose babies were born prematurely, requiring months or years of special care. As a result, these kids have blown through their lifetime caps by the time they reach elementary school. We also hear from parents whose children were diagnosed with conditions like asthma, or diabetes, or cancer who have to pay outrageous rates for health insurance because those illnesses are considered pre-existing conditions.
For decades, these kinds of coverage caps and this kind of discrimination were perfectly legal, so many parents were terrified of losing or leaving their jobs because they knew they would be unable to afford insurance for their families. And many kids grew up terrified of aging out of their parents’ insurance plans because they knew they could never afford coverage on their own.
Fortunately, under the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies can no longer discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions, and they can no longer put lifetime caps on your insurance coverage. In addition, kids can now stay on their parents’ insurance until they’re 26 years old. And for families who don’t have insurance, you can now go to the Health Insurance Marketplace at healthcare.gov, and you’ll find a range of insurance choices all in one place, lined up side-by-side, and explained in easy-to-understand language. You can compare what each plan covers and how much each plan costs, and you can then choose the plan that works best for you and your family. Millions of people will qualify for lower costs on their monthly premiums – in fact, many currently uninsured people will be able get coverage for less than $100 per person per month.
Having these kinds of choices and protections is vitally important for all our families, because in the end, none of us knows what kinds of accidents or illnesses our children might experience over the course of their lives. And that’s really one of the hardest things about being a parent: no matter how careful and attentive we are, no matter how much love we pour into our kids, we simply can’t protect them from every from every hardship or crisis they might face.
But fortunately, because of the Affordable Care Act, we now have the security of knowing that no matter what life throws their way, we’ll be able to get our kids the care they need. As a mother, I can’t think of a better gift this holiday season.
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