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Welcome to the world of health care

By FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA | 3/14/2014, 1:12 p.m.
On March 5, first lady Michelle Obama talked about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act at the Jessie Trice ...
Remarks by first lady Michelle Obama as prepared for delivery

So we want to make sure that even though we’ve got people here who are signing up, in the process, have already done it, we need people to make sure they reach out to the young people in their lives. And we all have somebody. We all have a nephew, a niece, a little brother, a little sister who isn’t thinking about this stuff because they don’t have an issue.

We need to find those young people and make sure they come to places like this. Many of them are savvy enough to go online and do it themselves, but if they need help, they can come to places like this. But they need to sign up by the end of this month. The end of March is the deadline. A lot of people don’t know that, but there is a deadline for signing up. 

So for those of you out there who have already signed up, congratulations. We are proud of you. Welcome to the world of health care. It is a beautiful place to be. But if you’ve already done it, you need to find those young people in particular in your lives who have not done it and aren’t thinking about it, and make sure they get signed up by the end of March.

But I am so proud. I come from a background of community health centers. I used to serve on the board for an FQHC [federally qualified health center] in Chicago, and I have seen the impact that having solid health care in the community on the ground—that good, fundamental primary care—how that can make the entire difference in the life of a community and a family.

So I applaud the work you all are doing and am so proud of your leadership, because these are not easy places to run. But you are doing God’s work, and we are so proud and so honored and so thrilled. And, again, I want to congratulate you all for the work that you’re doing. I want to thank all of our assisters who have taken the time out of their lives to work with people to get them signed up. We are grateful for your support and your focus on this issue. 

So keep up the great work. We’ve got another month, so hopefully, you guys keep working at the pace that you’re working at. You’re doing such a great job. 

And with that, I think I’m going to get a chance to walk around and say hello to you guys personally. So keep it up, keep it up.