By Jueseppi B.
White House Tweets – August 15, 2013
President Obama Condemns Violence in Egypt, Cancels U.S.-Egyptian Military Exercises
Published on Aug 15, 2013
After security forces attempted to forcibly shut down Pro-Morsi sit-ins, the country erupted into chaotic violence that has left hundreds dead and thousands injured. President Barack Obama addressed press from Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.
OFA released a new television ad today—the third in a series showing how Obamacare is already helping families across America
The new ad highlights just one of the millions of families who are seeing lower costs for health insurance and receiving rebate checks in the mail. “The law works,” says this North Carolina family.
All summer long, OFA volunteers are helping spread the word about the new law in their communities. Learn more about how Obamacare is working for you
— The White House Blog (@blog44) August 14, 2013
Speeches and Remarks August 15, 2013
A Win for Students: Signing the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013
August 14, 2013 | 1:53 |Public Domain
Students and College Affordability Advocates who joined the President in the Oval Office for the signing of the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013, speak about it’s significance and the importance of keeping college affordable now and in the future.
President Obama’s Video Message to the AGOA Forum
August 14, 2013 | 2:05 | Public Domain
Press Briefing by Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest
12:58 PM EDT
President Obama this morning issued a statement on the unfolding situation in Egypt and called for an end to violence.
“The United States strongly condemns the steps that have been taken by Egypt’s interim government and security forces,” he said. “We deplore violence against civilians. We support universal rights essential to human dignity, including the right to peaceful protest. We oppose the pursuit of martial law, which denies those rights to citizens under the principle that security trumps individual freedom, or that might makes right. And today the United States extends its condolences to the families of those who were killed and those who were wounded.”
The President announced that he is canceling the biannual joint military training exercise that U.S. forces hold with Egyptian counterparts and weighing the implications of the Egyptian interim government’s actions as the United States considers further steps that we may take.
“The Egyptian people deserve better than what we’ve seen,” he said.
Listen to the audio of the President’s statement here:
August 14, 2013
05:05 PM EDT
Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and for the 28 million small employers across the country, healthcare is a major concern. The Affordable Care Act provides benefits and opportunities to small businesses that will help increase access to affordable coverage options.
Here are five key ways the Affordable Care Act can benefit small employers and their workers:
- SHOP Marketplaces: Currently, small businesses face premiums that are on average 18% higher than large businesses. On October 1, 2013, the new Small Business Health Insurance Options Program (SHOP) Marketplaces will be open for businesses, and small employers in every state will be able to shop for health coverage on a competitive marketplace, that brings unprecedented transparency to the market and gives small businesses the same purchasing clout as big businesses.
- Reducing Administrative Complexity: SHOP Marketplaces include web portals that provide standardized, easy-to-understand information that will make comparing and purchasing coverage easier, and will simplify the administrative challenges that businesses often face when offering plans. Visit www.HealthCare.gov to learn more about the SHOP Marketplace and to get ready for open enrollment.
- New Tax Credits: The small business tax credit helps small businesses afford the cost of healthcare coverage for their employees, and is already helping qualifying small businesses offset the cost of insurance by up to 35%. In 2014, this tax credit goes up to 50% and is available to qualified small businesses who obtain coverage through the SHOP Marketplace.
- Improved Risk Pooling: The new SHOP Marketplaces will allow small groups to pool risks and reduce administrative complexity, thereby increasing their purchasing power and reducing costs for small businesses that want to provide coverage to their workers. Business can enroll starting on October 1, 2013, through their brokers, or directly through the SHOP Marketplace. Stay connected to the latest information on the Marketplaces by going towww.HealthCare.gov.
- Workplace Wellness: The Affordable Care Act creates new incentives to promote workplace wellness programs and encourages employers to take more opportunities to support healthier workplaces. Effective for plan years after January 1, 2014, final rules allow the maximum reward to employers using a health-contingent wellness program to increase from 20 percent to 30 percent of the cost of health coverage, and the maximum reward for programs designed to prevent or reduce tobacco use will be as much as 50 percent.
To help provide small business owners with the resources and information they need, the Obama Administration recently launched Businesss.USA.gov/healthcare, a one-shop where employers of all sizes can go for customizable information about how the law impacts them, based on the size, location and future plans for offering coverage. And, the Department of Health and Human Services launched a call center specifically to serve the needs of small businesses interested in the SHOP Marketplace. This call center (1-800-706-7893) is a new resource to help business owners get information to make the right decision for their bottom line and their employees. It’s open Monday-Friday from 9 AM- 5 PM, with representatives available to help in English and Spanish.
The Small Business Administration has also teamed up with Small Business Majority to offer a weekly webinar series designed to educate small business owners about what the healthcare law means for them. To sign up for a weekly Thursday Webinar before open enrollment starts on October 1, 2013, visit: http://www.sba.gov/community/blogs/community-blogs/health-care-business-pulse/new-dates-affordable-care-act-101-webinars.
03:20 PM EDT
In the following months, additional provisions of the Affordable Care Act will be available, including critical new consumer protections for Americans and their families that end the worst insurance company abuses by banning discrimination based on pre-existing health conditions, ending annual limits on what an insurance company will cover, and giving all Americans access to health care plans that cap out-of-pocket medical costs for the first time. describe the law.
We wanted to debunk some of the other myths about Obamacare – here are 214 words to describe the law.
Ed. note: This list is from healthcare.gov. See the original post here.
- If you have health coverage you like, you can keep it. Children under 26 can stay on a parent’s health insurance plan.
- If you don’t have coverage, you can use the new Health Insurance Marketplace to buy a private insurance plan.
- Pre-existing conditions are covered. So are many preventive services and 10 essential health benefits.
- Depending on your family size and income, you may get lower costs on monthly premiums and out-of-pocket costs.
- You may also qualify for free or low-cost coverage from Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Many states are expanding Medicaid to cover more people in 2014.
- If you don’t have coverage in 2014 you’ll have to pay a fee. In 2014 it’s $95 per adult ($47.50 per child) or 1% of income, whichever is higher. The family max is $285.
- If you have coverage and want to explore Marketplace plans, you can. But if you have an offer of insurance from an employer, you may not be able to get lower costs on Marketplace insurance based on your income. It depends on whether the insurance you’re offered is considered affordable and meets minimum standards.
- Medicare isn’t part of the Marketplace. If you have Medicare, keep it.
- Marketplace open enrollment starts October 1, 2013. It closes March 31, 2014.
Now that we’ve told you about the health care law in 214 words, tell us in a Tweet why health insurance is important to you. Use the hashtag #214words. Or leave us a comment on Facebook using 14 words or less.
August 14, 2013
01:45 PM EDT
Seventy-eight years ago today, when President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, he sent across a simple but significant message: Americans, no matter their age or physical ability, should be able to live their lives with dignity. Though the times and technologies have changed, that message remains at the core of this Administration.
Currently, Social Security helps provide almost 58 million Americans, including 37 million retired workers and 8 million disabled workers, with economic security. It is the major source of income for most of the elderly, who paid into the system throughout their lives.
Even as we celebrate Social Security’s birthday, we have to work to ensure that future generations have access to that same type of security. That’s why President Obama is committed to protect and strengthen Social Security, finding new ways to improve service delivery while cutting waste and fraud.
A Word From Ms. Barbra Streisand:
The President and the Senate are trying to pass legislation to improve the lives of most Americans, but the obstructionist Republicans in the House are trying to stop any economic and social progress.
The American public has been watching the House Republicans and their approval rating is an abysmal 16 percent.
We cannot let the right wing roll back more than thirty years of social progress on women’s rights, minority rights, and LGBT rights. Each of us needs to take action.
Let’s stop them together:
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