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I'm Here Because of Natoma

Jesse Lee, The White House Blog

Ohio, March 15, 2010This afternoon the President was in Ohio as the year-long battle to finally reform America's health insurance system draws towards a close and he took the opportunity to remind everybody why he has fought so hard for so long against such powerful interests. He was introduced by Connie Anderson, the sister of Natoma Canfield a woman whose awful but all-too-common struggles have served as a brutal symbol of what is wrong with our system for millions of others.

It began with a letter the type of letter millions of Americans have written to their presidents since the founding of this country. But this letter, which she likely never expected anybody even close to the President to see, ended up in his hands. It told of her story having battled off cancer sixteen years ago, and having battled with her insurance company ever since -- see the scanned images below or read the text of the letters here.

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