Excerpted from Politico: 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.
“[I]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.