Yesterday, I got an email from the parenting website Babble proudly alerting me to an Op-Ed it was running by First Lady Michelle Obama. In the piece, she begins by recalling an episode a dozen years ago when her daughter Sasha woke up sick and their pediatrician sent them to the emergency room, suspecting she had meningitis. He was right; she did.
She and Barack were lucky, she writes, because although they were still paying off their student loans, they had health insurance. "Sadly, too many families with medical crises like ours aren’t so fortunate. Week after week, my husband and I hear from mothers whose children have serious illnesses, or whose babies were born prematurely, requiring months or years of special care.
"As a result, these kids have blown through their lifetime caps by the time they reach elementary school," she writes. With the advent of the Affordable Care Act, such caps will no longer be legal, she writes.
There are no surprises here; this meshes neatly with the rest of the White House campaign to turn around public opinion on the new health care law after its disastrous website failure. The only surprise is that this piece turned up in many other places—in slightly different forms.