Crying woman thanks Obama for healthcare law at campaign stop

An emotional woman thanked President Obama for passing the Affordable Care Act at a campaign stop on Thursday in Ohio.  

Obama spoke with Stephanie Miller, who was crying as he left the stage in Sandusky, Ohio, following a speech. Miller told reporters she recounted to Obama the story of her sister, Kelly Hines, who died from colon cancer because she didn’t have employer-provided coverage and couldn’t afford insurance on her own.

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“Even after she was diagnosed with cancer, she was told her income was too high for Medicaid,” Miller said. “I thanked him for the getting the Affordable Health Act passed.”

Earlier in the day, Obama touted the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold his signature healthcare reform legislation to cheers from a crowd of his supporters.

“The law I passed is here to stay,” he told an audience made up largely of Ohio automobile manufacturing workers.

Later, at the campaign stop in Sandusky, Obama told a crowd of about 350 people that with the Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold the bulk of the law, it is time for Republicans to move on from the issue.

“We fought so hard to make that happen and now the Supreme Court has ruled it’s time for us to move forward,” Obama said. “We don’t have to re-litigate the last two years. I don’t want us to keep having political arguments that are based on politics and not on facts.”

— Alicia M. Cohn contributed.