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Michelle Obama Pitches Health Care Law Benefits as Nov. 2 Nears

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First lady Michelle Obama is making her biggest mass appeal yet to help the Obama White House explain -- and bolster -- the 6-month-old health care law. On Tuesday, Mrs. Obama will preside over what for her is a very rare conference call -- this one with nurses -- to stress the benefits that became available to consumers last week.

Politics Daily has learned that the White House is gathering about 1,000 nurses to be on the call, put together with the help of the American Nurses Association, a group strongly supporting the health care coverage overhaul. "There is really an interest in talking about the newest provisions that go into effect," an adviser to Mrs. Obama told Politics Daily.

With the November midterm elections approaching, the Michelle Obama conference call, while not overtly political, still could have a political impact by arming surrogates -- the nurses -- to talk about the upsides of the Affordable Care Act with their patients.

Mrs. Obama is not hitting the campaign trail until Oct. 13 in Chicago; she plans to visit seven cities in six states in October for fund-raising events. Unlike President Barack Obama there are no plans, at present, for Mrs. Obama to lead mass rallies or big get-out-the vote drives.

The Obama White House is doing a major rollout to highlight the health care changes that became effective on Sept. 23 as Republicans have been calling for repeal of one of President Obama's signature achievements -- but one accomplished with no GOP votes. Repeal of the health law has also become a battle cry among many Republican-allied Tea Party activists.

Just one example of the Obama outreach: On Monday, the White House official information site on the new law -- launched a Facebook application.

Mrs. Obama is expected to highlight provisions of the new law:

-- Children with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied coverage.
-- Insurance plans must pay for a variety of preventative services with no out-of-pocket costs: mammograms, colonoscopies, immunizations, pre-natal and new baby care.
-- Insurance company decisions can be appealed to independent third parties.
-- Patients don't need a primary doctor referral for specialists who are part of a health care plan.

The conference call is a bookend to an event Mrs. Obama hosted in July at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington to preview the law. Mrs. Obama was joined by Dr. Jill Biden and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at a small event where they were joined by health care professionals and several people whose lives were turned upside down when their insurance companies denied them coverage when they or their family members were sick.

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oldengineera2

It is preposterous to say that "insurance plans must pay for a variety of preventative services with no out-of-pocket costs: mammograms, colonoscopies, immunizations, pre-natal and new baby care." The insured is now FORCED to pay for these services (through premiums) regardless of individual indications. Insurers do not print money. This is just one more misleading statement meant to cause suckers to think they are getting something for nothing.

September 30 2010 at 4:18 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Darling

hey michelle keep your hands off my salt,french fries,smokes,mcdonalds,red meat,burgers,hot dogs,etc.etc.i will make the decisions for me and my family.i dont need you telling me whats healthy and whats not.i am a grown adult know right from wrong,you may not agree with my decisions but the bottom line is that they are my decisions.i dont need you or the federal govt checking my body mass index or my childrens for that matter.you take care of you and yours and i will take care of me and mine

September 30 2010 at 1:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mlhoegsted

I am sorry to see this happening for I had insurance for my whole family (5) 2 adults 3 children through my employer. Since the new law of children being able to stay on employers health polices till age 26 the employers are eliminating workers that have family policies causing a huge unemployment problem. Then the worker cant afford insurance (cobra) so they take their unemployment check to pay for the doctor bill right out their own pocket. Where the sense in that. Why dont the government take a look at the employers that have let workers go and they will see the trend. Its totally unfair practice

September 29 2010 at 2:58 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
okitori

I have to laugh when I see Michelle Obama heading her campaign for Obesity--she has put on an immense amount of weight since she has been dining on our dime at the White House. If her campaign is for working toward reducing obesity, she should put her actions and words where her mouth is. I would much prefer to see her go into the schools in DC and try to inspire the black students who are dropping out of school and try to "fix" some of the educational problems that are looming in the DC area. She would have a great impact and possibly create a higher graduation statistic for black youth who are not at this time graduating from High School.

September 28 2010 at 3:02 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Dennis

DLCCARS44 THEY NEED TO FORGET THIS LAW AND START OVER AND THIS TIME LISTEN TO THE VOTERS THIS LAW IS GOING TO COST TO MUCH AND NOT DO ENOUGHT FOR ANYONE.

September 27 2010 at 8:33 PM Report abuse +15 rate up rate down Reply
sallyanncohen

ANY VOTER WHO HAS READ THE MAIN POINTS AND THE HIDDEN TAXES IN THIS TRAVESTY OF A TAKE OVER CALLED HEALTH CARE KNOWS THAT IT WILL COST EACH OF US MUCH MORE; WE WILL LOSE MANY INSURANCE COMPANIES AND THE DEFICIT WILL BE INCREASED BY BILLIONS. MRS. OBAMA, MR. OBAMA, THE DNC, MOVE ON, THE HUFFINGTON POST ARE ALL REACHING OUT TO VOTERS --WELL WE SEE THE TRUTH AND WE WILL NOT BE FOOLED BY ANY OF YOU. DO NOT BELIEVE THE SPIN - SEE THE TRUE FACTS INSTEAD BEFORE YOU VOTE FOR ANY DEMOCRAT.

September 27 2010 at 8:04 PM Report abuse +19 rate up rate down Reply

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