Michelle Pushes for Health Reform

First lady makes case for overhaul in personal terms
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2009 4:08 PM CDT

(Newser) – Michelle Obama rejoined the push for health care reform today, making the administration's case in an event at the White House and an online video message. Speaking with Jill Biden at a gathering for breast cancer survivors, Obama decried the fact that patients can’t get insurance because cancer in remission is considered a pre-existing condition.

“If you've already fought cancer you shouldn't have to also financial insurance companies to get the coverage you need,” the first lady said, pointing out that the legislation before Congress would ban coverage denials based on pre-existing conditions, MSNBC reports. In the video, released today, Obama framed the debate in more personal terms than her husband has, making the case that reform "is about ensuring that everyone in this country can care for their families."