Saturday, November 14, 2009

Michelle Obama urging healthcare reform

health care reform

NEW YORK, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Michelle Obama talked up U.S. healthcare reform at a meeting of administration officials and advocates for reform, citing the needs of older women.

The first lady gave a 12-minute talk during the meeting Friday at the White House, Politico reported.

"Women are among those who will benefit most from health insurance reform ... . We are the healthcare system in so many ways," Obama said. "We are asked to bear much of the responsibility but we often face challenges when it comes to our own healthcare."

She called Medicare a "sacred part of the American safety net."

Obama did not go into details about the Democratic bills or what she expects any legislation to look like once it has passed Congress.

The first lady has held similar meetings during recent weeks. Her staff said she will probably hold more, depending on what happens in Congress.