The First Lady hugs Debi Trauth of Cincinatti during the event. Trauth is a widow with a teenage son who recently lost her job. Also pictured at left is Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
During her speech, Mrs. Obama pointed out that women usually carry the load when it comes to dealing with health care (they’re the ones who choose their children’s doctors, make and take the kids to appointments, etc.). There was knowing laughter from the almost exclusively female audience when she noted that women are also the ones who are responsible for dealing with their husband’s care.