Michelle Obama rips shutdown, defends Obamacare
By: Jose DelReal
October 25, 2013 04:58 PM EDT
First lady Michelle Obama on Friday joined in the battle over Obamacare, talking up her husband’s health-care program after a rough rollout and taking on those behind the government shutdown.
“When a small group of folks in Congress shuts down our government to try to shut down Obamacare, and we watch as our President stands strong, that’s not just some political fight in Washington — it is a battle about our most fundamental values and aspirations,” the first lady told the audience at the Women’s Leadership Forum Conference in Washington, D.C.
“f you’re not happy about what you’ve seen in Congress lately, if you don’t like seeing folks in state government trying to undermine Obamacare or chip away at women’s rights and women’s health, then I urge you — let’s not just sit around feeling angry or helpless or hopeless, especially not [as] women,” she added. “Because there is something that all of you can do right now today to make a huge difference: You can write a check. That’s what we need you to do right now. We need you to write a big old check. (Laughter.) Write the biggest check you can possibly write.”
The first lady did not mention the recent problems with HealthCare.gov, which has been a growing headache for the administration since the launch of the website on Oct. 1.
Instead, Obama emphasized expanded benefits made available by the Affordable Care Act.
“I think it’s important for us to all remember who exactly is benefitting from this new law. They are folks who come from all across the country, who come from all different backgrounds and walks of life. They’re the spouses of our veterans - folks who are working around the clock caring for their loved ones wounded in war, yet who don’t have insurance themselves.”