By Jueseppi B.
White House Tweets – November 7th, 2013
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White House Schedule – November 7th, 2013
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 6, 2013
DAILY GUIDANCE AND PRESS SCHEDULE FOR
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7th, 2013
In the afternoon, the President and the Vice President will meet with Secretary of the Treasury Lew in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.
In the evening, the President will host cast and crew members of the movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom at the White House. This screening is closed press.
|Long Walk to Freedom|
|Cover artist||Allan Tannenbaum|
|Media type||Print (hardback and paperback)|
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) Official Trailer (HD) Idris Elba, Naomie Harris
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
Starring: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Terry Pheto, Robert Hobbs, Grant Swanby, Mark Elderkin, Garth Breytenbach, Theo Landey, Gys De Villiers, Sivuyile Ngesi, Armand Aucamp, Richard Lothian, Nomfusi Gotyana, Rohil Aniruth
‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ Trailer 2
‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ Trailer 2
Director: Justin Chadwick
Starring: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Robert Hobbs
A chronicle of Nelson Mandela’s life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.
Thursday, November 7 2013 All Times ET
12:15 AM: The President arrives Joint Base Andrews.
12:30 AM: The President arrives at the White House.
10:30 AM: THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.
1:30 PM: THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet with Secretary of the Treasury Lew, Oval Office.
6:00 PM: THE PRESIDENT hosts a screening of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom at the White House, The Family Theatre/
12:30 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, Brady Briefing Room.
11:45 AM EST
Last week, I had the opportunity to travel back to my home state of Michigan, to Southwest Detroit, where I visited a local Community Health Center and participated in an Affordable Care Act enrollment event put on by State Representative Rashida Tlaib.
The event provided an opportunity for Detroiters to ask question about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, and for those without insurance, how to get covered.
It was a well-attended event that included Detroiters from all walks of life, many of whom use Community Health Centers as their primary course of care. State Representative Tlaib even shared with me that growing up in Detroit, she came to that very health center for care.
These truly critical hubs provide vital health services to their communities.
That’s why I’m so excited that today we are announcing new grants provided to communities under the Affordable Care Act. These grants will continue to make a big difference in helping community health centers provide access to primary care services for nearly 1.25 million new patients.
These awards will focus on underserved areas and health centers that can provide culturally competent care and primary care.
As I saw first-hand in Detroit, the Community Health Centers also serve as centers of education and outreach to people without insurance or without a primary care doctor who are looking for insurance options. These Centers also have staff who can help you enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace or Medicaid.
This is also a big deal for the Latino community – today, 1 out of every 3 patients served by Community Health Centers is Latino. Community Health Centers play a critical role in providing care to all kinds of underserved communities.
Since 2009, health centers have served 4 million new patients and they now serve more than 21 million people each year.
In the last four years, through the Recovery Act and the Affordable Care Act, HHS has supported nearly 450 New Access Points, increasing access to care for nearly 2.5 million patients across the country.
At a time when we are focused on making sure as many Americans as possible know about the new health care options they can sign up for through the federal and state Marketplaces, it is also critical to make sure we are boosting access to quality health care services.
These funds will be vital in helping us achieve that goal, in bolstering the great work already being done by community health centers throughout the country, and most importantly – in making sure patients can get the health care they need, when they need it.
President Obama to Dallas Health Care Volunteers: “Nothing Is Going to Stop Us from Getting This Done.”
09:48 AM EST
On Wednesday, the President traveled to Dallas, Texas, where he joined canvassers and navigators who are part of the community’s most active group of volunteers working to enroll their neighbors in quality, affordable coverage through the Marketplace.
The President personally thanked them for their work, calling out the fact that ultimately, “all the politics, all the chatter sometimes leaves out the fact that the system we had — the status quo — just wasn’t working for too many people.”
“…Now what we’ve got to do is sign up those folks who don’t have health insurance and improve insurance for those who are under-insured, who don’t have very good insurance, and have been subject to the whims of the insurance company. And that’s what this is all about. And that’s the challenge that we’ve got over the next month, three months, six months, next year. And if we get that done — when we get that done — then we will have created a stable system in which there’s no reason why people shouldn’t be getting health care in this country.”
At a time when 24 states — Texas included — have neglected to take advantage of the Medicaid expansion available to working families in their states under the Affordable Care Act, the President acknowledged that 133,000 Texans in Dallas alone would immediately have coverage if Texas decided to expand the program.
“So one of the things that sometimes gets me a little frustrated, although I understand it because I’m in politics, is folks who are complaining about how the website is not working, and why isn’t Obama fixing this, and all these people are uninsured, and yet they’re leaving a million people right now without health insurance that they could immediately fix. There’s not a lot of logic to that.
But that’s okay, because we’ve gone through barriers before; we have gone through struggles before. Eventually, though, if you stick with doing the right thing, you get it done. It will happen, all right?”
You can read the President’s full remarks here.
09:30 AM EST
During the third quarter, the economy grew at its fastest pace in a year, an indication that the recovery was continuing to gain traction in the months before the government shutdown. GDP growth was boosted by a positive contribution from consumer durables purchases, the continued recovery in the housing sector, and net exports. We now have an opportunity to build on this progress by increasing certainty for businesses and investing in jobs and growth, while avoiding the types of self-inflicted wounds that restrained the economy in the early part of the fourth quarter.
FIVE KEY POINTS IN TODAY’S REPORT FROM THE BUREAU OF ECONOMIC ANALYSIS
1. Real gross domestic product rose at a solid 2.8 percent annual pace in the third quarter, the fastest quarterly pace in the last year, and the 10th consecutive quarter of growth.The rate of growth picked up slightly from the also-solid 2.5 percent rate observed in the second quarter. The economy has made substantial progress since the end of the recession, with real GDP now 5.3 percent higher than it was at its peak prior to the recession. Nevertheless, more work must be done to increase economic growth and boost job creation.
2. In the fourth quarter, GDP growth will be slowed by the government shutdown that lasted from October 1 to October 16 and the brinksmanship over the debt limit that occurred during that period. During the shutdown, hundreds of thousands of Federal workers went temporarily unpaid, families were unable to travel to national parks, oil and gas drilling permits were delayed, Small Business Administration loans were put on hold, and licenses to export high-tech products could not be granted, to name just a few effects. Several forecasting groups have estimated that the shutdown will reduce annualized real GDP growth in the fourth quarter by between 0.2 and 0.6 percentage point. Early indicators of economic activity in October also show that the shutdown weighed on the economy and on consumer sentiment. An index of weekly economic indicators developed by the Council of Economic Advisers dropped sharply in the first half of October, consistent with a 0.25 percentage point reduction in the fourth quarter GDP growth rate. The advance estimate of GDP growth in the fourth quarter will not be available until early 2014.
3. The private components of real GDP grew at an annual rate of 3.5 percent in the third quarter, accounting for almost the entirety of overall growth. In contrast, federal government spending declined at an annual rate of 1.7 percent, subtracting from growth for the 10th time in the last 12 quarters. But over the past two quarters, the drag from the federal government has moderated considerably. Real State and local government expenditures had also been in decline for much of the past three years, but this category is starting to show signs of turning the corner, posting its first back-to-back quarterly gain since 2009. On net, the government sectors had little impact on GDP growth in the third quarter.
4. Exports have picked up as growth has returned in the Eurozone and strengthened elsewhere. Exports rose at an annual rate of 4.5 percent in the third quarter, while imports rose at a more modest 1.9 percent. As a result, net exports accounted for 0.3 percentage point of the quarterly growth rate. Over the course of the recovery, the rate of export growth has varied, reflecting a considerable degree of volatility in the global economy. The crisis in the euro area intensified in the second half of 2011 and continued to impact the global economy into 2012, when China’s growth also began to slow more markedly. During this period, reduced foreign demand weighed on U.S. exports, which slowed to just 2.5 percent annualized growth. U.S. exports have risen at a faster 6.2 percent annual rate in the last two quarters, coinciding with the return of economic expansion in the Eurozone. Continued efforts to promote American exports would further contribute to growth and recovery.
5. Residential investment has posted double-digit annualized gains for five consecutive quarters. Housing investment plummeted during the financial crisis and remained weak early in the recovery, but has been growing strongly since the end of 2011. Despite the increase in mortgage rates this year, there is a significant upside potential in this sector, as housing investment remains well below its historic average as a share of the economy, while the pace of new housing starts, at about 900,000 homes annually, remains well below the pace implied by demographics.
As the Administration stresses every quarter, GDP figures can be volatile and are subject to substantial revision. Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one single report and it is informative to consider each report in the context of other data that are becoming available.
November 2013: Photo of the Day
Speeches and Remarks
On to 2014!
Published on Nov 7, 2013
Congratulations to all our Democratic candidates in 2013. Now on to 2014!
01:00 PM EST
For decades Americans have been trying to reduce their consumption of artificial trans fats. Parents check the food labels when grocery shopping for their families and consumers are making better choices when eating out. Companies like McDonalds and Subway stepped up and made it easier by removing all artificial trans fats from their products. And Wal-Mart has pledged to no longer have artificial trans fat on their store shelves by 2015.
But there is still more to be done by government, industry and consumers to make sure that we have the tools we need to keep unsafe foods off our tables.
As a mom who cares deeply about nutrition, I too can get confused by what are good fats and bad fats. But independent scientists agree, there is no safe level of artificial trans fat.
Partially Hydrogenated Oils (PHO), are an artificial substance that is formed by adding hydrogen to vegetable oil during processing to make it more solid. PHOs are the leading source of artificial trans fat; they cause plaque buildup in the arteries, are a contributing factor to heart attacks, and for too many, an early death. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that a further reduction of artificial trans fat in the food supply can prevent up to 7,000 deaths from heart disease each year and as many as 20,000 heart attacks each year.