Author Topic: A MESSAGE FROM MICHELLE OBAMA  (Read 2089 times)

Offline Reginald Hudlin

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« on: July 18, 2010, 06:11:24 pm »
When you hear about the new health reform law these days, too much talk is focused on the political.

What I've found is that most Americans just want to know how this new law helps their families stay healthy -- and how it reduces their costs.

The first thing I tell people who ask about the Affordable Care Act is that, for moms like me, it makes our lives easier. It gives families control over their own care. And it gives us the comfort of knowing that our insurance will be there when we need it most -- especially if we get sick. Then I tell them that it gets better, but there's a lot to know. To help, this administration has set up, where folks can see customized information about how care will improve for their families.

So much of what makes this law great is its emphasis on preventive care -- right now, too many people aren't getting the check-ups or the screenings they need to stay healthy. Twelve percent of kids haven't seen a doctor in the past year. And 59 million adults -- and 11 million children -- depend on an insurance plan that does not cover basic immunizations.

Health reform is changing that. Under this new law, all new private plans will provide basic preventive services -- things like childhood immunizations and checkups, mammograms, colonoscopies, cervical screenings, and treatment for high blood pressure -- absolutely free of charge. No copay. No deductible. No co-insurance needed.

And, on, you can not only learn what preventive steps will help keep your family healthy, but also what insurance coverage options are available based on your needs.

A focus on prevention will help us to combat diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure -- chronic illnesses that right now lead to seven of ten deaths in the United States and 75 percent of our national health care costs.

And it will help us tackle an issue that is dear to my heart -- childhood obesity. As some of you know one of my top priorities as First Lady is the Let's Move! campaign, where we have made it our goal to put a stop to the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation, so children who are born today grow up at a healthy weight.

Each of us needs to take responsibility for our own health and the health of our families, and the new health reform law can help. That's why I'm writing today -- to make sure you and Americans across the country know how their health plans are getting better day by day under reform.

Please visit and find out more about your care:

Thank you,

Michelle Obama

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« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2020, 05:41:48 pm »
Sunday, 26th January 2020
Michelle Obama adds Grammy winner to her list of accomplishments
by Maureen Lee Lenker

Yes she can — win a Grammy.

Michelle Obama can now add Grammy winner to her list of significant accomplishments, including her successes as a lawyer, initiatives as first lady, and her enviable arms (who doesn’t want Michelle Obama arms, really?).

She took home the trophy for her audiobook recording of her memoir Becoming in the Best Spoken Word Album category on Sunday.

Unfortunately, she wasn’t in attendance to collect her award, but presenter Esperanza Spalding (who beat out Justin Bieber and Drake for Best New Artist in 2011) said,

“I will gladly accept on her behalf.”

It’s already shaping up to be quite a year for the Obama family, between Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s shout-out to Barack during the Golden Globes and now this victory for Michelle.

It’s not unusual for political figures to win in this category — the likes of Hillary Clinton, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Carter, and even Martin Luther King Jr. have won Grammys for their own audiobooks.

Obama is just the latest in a long list of significant public figures to score Grammy gold in the Spoken Word Album category.

The former first lady beat out two other memoirs in the category, John Waters’ Mr. Know It All:

The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder and the Beastie Boys’ Beastie Boys Book.

She also won over spoken word album Sekou Andrews & The String Theory by National Poetry Slam Award winner Sekou Andrews and artistic collective String Theory, as well as Eric Alexandrakis’ spoken word experience I.V. Catatonia: 20 Years as a Two-Time Cancer Survivor about his experiences with cancer.

After releasing Becoming in November 2018, Obama toured the United States to sold-out crowds at events the size of concert venues.

It sold more copies than any other book published in the United States in 2018, breaking that year’s record previously held by Bob Woodward’s Fear: Trump in the White House in only 15 days.

Becoming traces Michelle Obama’s life from her early years on the South Side of Chicago to her academic and professional careers, her marriage to Barack, and the 2008 presidential campaign and election night that resulted in her husband being elected the 44th president of the United States.

While many have expressed a wish for Michelle to follow in her husband’s footsteps to the White House, she’s demurred.

But when it comes to the Grammy Awards, it’s a family affair — Barack Obama has won twice for Best Spoken Word Album, both for his two memoirs, 2006’s Dreams From My Father and 2008’s The Audacity of Hope.

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