President Barack Obama this morning put a human face on the harmful effects climate change can have on public health – his daughter Malia.

While making the case that higher temperatures lead to increases in wildfires, which send allergy-causing particulates into the air that can lead to greater and more serious incidents of asthma, the president recalled his own child’s run-in with the disease as a toddler.

‘Well you know, Malia had asthma when she was four, and because we had good health insurance, we were able to knock it out early,’ the president told ABC News’ chief health correspondent, Dr. Richard Besser, in an interview that aired on Good Morning America.

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