By Jueseppi B.
White House Schedule – November 1, 2013
Later in the afternoon, the President will host Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki at the White House. The Vice President will attend. The visit will highlight the importance of the U.S.-Iraq relationship under the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement (SFA). The President looks forward to discussing with Prime Minister Maliki efforts to enhance cooperation in the fields covered under the SFA, and to coordinating on a range of regional issues. There will be a pool spray at the bottom of the meeting.
Friday, November 1 2013 All Times ET
10:30 AM: The President and the Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.
11:00 AM: The Vice President and Valerie Jarrett meet with disabilities rights and veterans advocacy groups to discuss the Administration’s strong support for ratification of the Disabilities Treaty, The White House.
1:30 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney WATCH LIVE, Brady Briefing Room.
2:10 PM: The President holds a bilateral meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki; the Vice President also attends, Oval Office.
This Halloween week, the President visited a cutting-edge STEM school in Brooklyn, swore in the new director of the FBI, honored former House Speaker Tom Foley, and spoke on the Affordable Care Act in Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall.
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Massachusetts’s healthcare law, passed in 2006, served as a model for the Affordable Care Act, and the state’s experience during its first year of enrollment offers important lessons for what we can expect over the first six months for the ACA.
- For example, we know that most consumers buy health insurance close to the deadline for enrollment. In Massachusetts, 123 premium paying consumers – or 0.3 percent of the eventual premium paying enrollees – signed up in the first month they could enroll and over 20 percent enrolled in the last month. By the end of a year, 36,000 had purchased coverage. And we know that young adults bought plans. In Massachusetts the number of uninsured young people plummeted from about 1 in 4 to 1 in 10 within 3 years.
- Today, Massachusetts residents have nearly universal health insurance coverage and the primary attacks against this law – many of which we are hearing again today about the ACA – never proved true.
- Before the Massachusetts plan was enacted, people without insurance coverage could only turn to emergency rooms or community health centers for care. The old Massachusetts Uncompensated Care Pool was a program that reimbursed hospitals, community health centers and providers for care that the poor and uninsured couldn’t afford, but as the Massachusetts government makes clear, the program “is not health insurance.” As then-Governor Romney said in pushing for the Massachusetts reforms, “I believe that we should be able to provide for all of our citizens a basic, good, solid health care system and that means that we don’t use the inefficient system we have now where half a million people without insurance go to emergency rooms.”
Recently President Obama traveled to Massachusetts to discuss the Affordable Care Act, which expanded these principles nationwide. As current Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrickexplained in his introduction of the President, there were striking similarities in the roll-outs of the now very successful Massachusetts reforms and the Affordable Care Act in its first few weeks:
“But our launch seven years ago was not flawless. We asked an IT staffer who has been at our Connector since the beginning what the start of implementing reform was like. And this is what he said, and I’m quoting: “We didn’t have a complicated eligibility process back then, but we did have outages caused by traffic peaks. We experienced some issues with data mapping of plan detail that carriers called us on. Our provider searches were not good, and the website was a constant work in progress over the first few years. But other than that, it was smooth.”
“Any of this sound familiar, Mr. President?
“So we started out with a website that needed work. We had a lot of people with a lot of reasonable questions and not a good enough way to get them the answers. But people were patient, we had good leadership, and that same coalition stuck with it and with us to work through the fixes, tech surge and all. Why? Why? Because health reform in Massachusetts, like the Affordable Care Act, is not a website. It’s a values statement. (Applause.) It’s about insuring people against a medical catastrophe. It’s about being our brothers’ and our sisters’ keeper by helping others help themselves.”
“There’s no substitute for those three proud words: ‘Made in America.’”
President Obama has been emphatic that the United States remains the best place in the world to do business. Today at the SelectUSA Investment Summit, he reiterated that message to 1,000 business leaders from nearly 60 countries.
“When you bet on America, that bet pays off,” the president said as he closed his keynote address.
Your country is your product when you’re attracting foreign direct investment. At the Summit today, we showed the world that the United States is the absolute best product on the market.
“America is open for business,” said Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. “Our market has provided long-term stability and unmatched returns for investors.”
Attendees began making connections as soon as the doors opened. Representatives from 47 states, three territories, and Washington, D.C., showed off investment opportunities around the country.
Yesterday, Vice President Biden visited the National Domestic Violence Hotline to commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Vice President Biden created the National Domestic Violence Hotline in the Violence Against Women Act in 1994 (VAWA) and has long championed the cause of ending domestic violence. The Vice President was accompanied by actress Mariska Hargitay, a key advocate working against abuse. Together Vice President Biden and Mariska toured the Hotline, met with frontline advocates, and observed these life-saving services in action.
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Speeches and Remarks
President Obama Speaks at the SelectUSA Investment Summit
October 31, 2013 | 14:59 |Public Domain
President Obama tells foreign business leaders that there is no better place in the world to invest and do business than the United States.
President Obama Speaks on Changes and Improvements in the Individual Insurance Market
October 30, 2013 | 34:29 |Public Domain
President Obama says that it’s misleading to say insurers are “cancelling” people’s insurance plans without also mentioning that almost all insurers are encouraging people to join better plans with the same carrier, with stronger benefits and stronger protections; while others will be able to get better plans with new carriers through the marketplace; and that many will get new help to pay for these better plans.
First Lady Michelle Obama Speaks at the White House Kitchen Garden Fall Harvest
October 30, 2013 | 3:14 |Public Domain
First Lady Michelle Obama and special guests Elmo and Rosita welcome school children from around the DC area to the fall harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden.
The First Lady, Elmo, and Rosita Partner to Encourage Healthy Food Choices for Kids
October 30, 2013 | 9:38 |Public Domain
As part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, Mrs. Obama joins Sesame Street’s Elmo and Rosita to announce that Sesame Workshop and the Produce Marketing Association joined the Partnership for a Healthier America in an agreement to help kids eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.
Statements and Releases
Statement by the Press Secretary on the Confirmation of Katherine Archuleta as Director of the Office of Personnel Management
President Obama to Announce First-Ever Federal Effort to Attract Job-Creating Foreign Investment to the United States
SNAP: The GOP’s 5 Billion Dollar Food Stamp Attack
Get ready to have the talk
Published on Oct 31, 2013
This holiday season, be ready to talk to your loved ones about getting covered. These conversations don’t have to be tough — OFA can help. Check out barackobama.com/talk to learn more.
#GetCovered: Because Insurers Can No Longer Impose Lifetime Limits on Health Care
November 01, 2013 | 1:58 |Public Domain
Adele’s daughter Lily was diagnosed with a severe case of cerebral palsy. By the age of 3 months she was already halfway to her lifetime maximum of health benefits. Because of the Affordable Care Act, their daughter will no longer be denied coverage for her condition and will no longer be worried with the lifetime maximums that health insurers used to place on health benefits. Get Covered http://www.healthcare.gov
What Obamacare Means for You
The Affordable Care Act means better coverage for those who already have health insurance, and more options for those who don’t.
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