NewsNation | June 29, 2012
>>> you know. there's a framed letter that hangs in my office right now. it was sent to me during the health care debate by a womany named natoma canfield. for years she did everything right. bought et insurance, paid prem yums on time. 18 years ago she was diagnosed with cancer and even though she'd been cancer-free more ? than a decade, her insurance company kept jacking up her rates year after year.
>> a woman who benefited from his health care law . the president says he's kaured her story with him every day of this fight to pass the law and yesterday the ohio woman was solidified as a national symbol of this president's signature legislative achievement. natoma canfield joins us to talk about this. it's great to have you. we first heard of you when the president invited your sister to an event two years ago. you were too ill to make at that time. update us on your condition now. how are you doing?
>> i'm doing fine, thank you. the cancer is gone. and i'm just recovering now. it's going to take a long time, but i'm doing well, thanks.
>> natoma , you are certainly a fighter. it has to be certainly a validation and inspiration to hear that your letter you wrote to the president appears framed on his wall. i want to read part of it to everybody here pup say, in letter, that i need your health reform bill to help me. and how much credit do you give the president's law for your improved held, for the improved life situation that you've seen?
>> oh, i give him a lot of credit.
>> natoma , specifically, explain to all of us, how did it change for you? the outlook, at least, for hope, to recover from what you were facing.
>> well, it was very uplifting, an experience, to receive both of his letters. and to know that ? my letter had been heard. so -- those things were very important.
>> natoma , you're one of the millions of american whose have already benefitted from this law. what goes through your mind, though, when you hear people on the right. people across this country that may not understand exactly what the affordable care act does, and they want to repeal it. they're angry about it. what is your message to them?
>> well, first of all, i hope they never firsthand understand how important it is. to be able to have insurance if you've been laid off from a job or something like that. that you can afford. or you've had a pre-existing condition. but i think that, i guess my message is, that it's going to help a lot of people. and i think people need to look at it and give it a chance.
>> for people that may not have an opportunity, certainly, to walk a mile in your shoes, and the medical heartbreak that you've gone through whip the diagnosis and the battle that you've waged since then do you think that the president, do you think the democrats, need to be on the front lines are trying to explain this better so that americans can understand more so that there's not a policy of fear that's coming out of this as we've been hearing so much over the last couple of years, trying to scare people into not wanting this?
>> i think explanations are always good. people have to listen, also.
>> if you had the president's ear, which i think you did after he got the ruling coming down ?. what did you say to him? he called you. correct?
>> yes, he did.
>> would you mind sharing with us what you guys discussed?
>> he asked how i was. and i told him what a wonderful president i thought he was. and he asked about my sister connie who hb introduced him, and said to say hi to her and he asked if i'd got an pen from the signing of the health care bill, which we hadn't. they were all gone bip the time my brother and sister had went up there, and then he told me that i was welcome anytime to come and see my letter on his wall.
>> natoma , i'm sure in somebody's watching at the white house they can get a pen and send it to you. may not be from the signing bill, but they can find you a pen lying around the white house . you are an inspiration for those with a diagnosis of cancer and the fight to come back. we wish you the best of health as you move forward. thank you.
>> thank you.