Michelle Obama is encouraging everyone to get covered under the new Affordable Care Act, which is now a law. The Act calls for every American to obtain health insurance and offers several economical options to choose from when selecting coverage. Mrs. Obama recently shared her story of crisis with Yolanda Adams, telling the radio host that her and President Obama’s youngest daughter is what motivated them to push for affordability in healthcare.


“I come at this issue from a very personal perspective because when Sasha, our youngest, was 4-months-old she contracted meningitis,” said Michelle. “We were able to deal with it quickly because we had health insurance and we had a pediatrician that we had a relationship with, who knew us, who knew I wasn’t a fussy mom that was just upset because my baby was crying. He knew something was wrong and at that point in time, that was when it became real to me and Barack about how life just throws you these curve balls. There’s nothing like the peace of mind that comes with having insurance…We thought at that time as we sat in the emergency room all those years ago, ‘What would we do? What would we have done if we didn’t have this great coverage? How would we pay for it?'”

The First Lady encouraged everyone, especially young adults, to check out the new website that offers health insurance options or call 800-318-2596 for personal assistance with selecting the right plan. The deadline for January 1, 2014 enrollment is December 23, 2013. Open enrollment at the Health Insurance Marketplace ends on March 31, 2014.



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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