We are thrilled to share the next answer in our series with First Lady Michelle Obama. Since we're in back-to-school mode, this week we're focusing on education and women's health. Here's the first lady in her own words about the economy and family:
TrèsSugar editor Annie Scudder asks, "What can we do to make the cost of starting and raising a family in America more affordable? The price of quality education, health care, and child care sometimes seem prohibitive in this country."
"Annie, I really appreciated getting this question, because for me, it really crystallizes the choices we're facing in this election. When I think back to when Barack took office as president, I remember how our economy was on the brink of collapse, losing 800,000 jobs a month. And for years, middle-class families had been squeezed from all sides as costs were rising and wages just weren't keeping up.
As Barack began the work of rebuilding our economy, that was truly his focus — helping hardworking middle-class families once again have a fair shot."
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"Barack cut taxes for small businesses and working families — because he believes teachers and firefighters shouldn't pay higher tax rates than millionaires and billionaires.
He fought for health reform so that insurance companies won't be able to discriminate against you because you have a preexisting condition, and so they have to cover basic preventive care like contraception and cancer screenings with no out-of-pocket cost. He also wanted to make sure young people could stay on their parents' healthcare plans until the age of 26, and see that seniors on Medicare could better afford their prescription drugs.
He signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act into law to help women get equal pay for equal work, because he knows what that pay means to families — and because, as a father, he wants our daughters to have the same freedoms and opportunities as our sons.
And in my earlier post, I talked about how Barack has worked to make college more affordable and more accessible to all our young people, so they can pursue their dreams without amassing a mountain of debt.
And all the gains we've made — and all the progress we can make in another four years — that's really what this election is all about. That's what's at stake this November."
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