Bully Pulpit

Obama’s Last Health-Care Rally

If health-care reform passes this week, it won’t be without President Obama’s weight behind it: Obama went to Ohio on Monday for his final health-care rally. “We need courage,” he said, picking the line up from a woman in the audience who shouted it at him. President Obama also told the story of Natoma Canfield, the 50-year-old cancer survivor who was supposed to introduce him but was just diagnosed with leukemia last week. “The reason Natoma is not here today is that she's lying in a hospital bed, suddenly faced with this emergency—suddenly thrust into a fight for her life. She expects to face a month or more of aggressive chemotherapy. And she is racked with worry not only about her illness but about the cost of the tests and treatments she will surely need to beat it," Obama said. "I'm here because of Natoma."