Michelle Boyle knows a few things about quality health care. The Pittsburgh mother of two girls, ages five and eight, has been a registered nurse for 18 years. As a result of her practice and a family tragedy, Michelle has the President's back on health care reform.
It was the first major thing that happened in health care that actually provided health care, and that actually works.
Two years after Michelle married her husband, her mother-in-law died because she did not have health insurance.
She had lost her job, which meant she lost her health insurance. Because of her pre-existing condition, she was ineligible for other health care plans. She died because she couldn't afford adequate medical care, and she was only 58 years old. I know she would have loved our daughters, and every day I think about the fact that my girls will never get to meet this amazing woman who raised my husband.
Michelle has also seen the ways health reform has impacted the lives of her patients.
I hear patients in the hospital say 'thank goodness that passed' all the time.
My husband and I are raising our girls to believe that patriotism means that you contribute to your family, your community, and your county. No one should be allowed to pick and choose which American citizens deserve to have access to health care, because in many cases that means choosing who deserves to live and who doesn't. And that's not the American spirit we want our daughters to embrace. We're all in this together.