By Jueseppi B.
White House Schedule – December 12th, 2013
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 12th, 2013
DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12th, 2013
In the afternoon, the President will attend meetings at the White House. These meetings are closed press.
Thursday, December 12 2013 All Times ET
10:30 AM: The President and the Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.
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Vice President Biden Speaks at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition Tribute Dinner
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12:28 PM EST
Under the Affordable Care Act, states have the opportunity to expand Medicaid coverage to provide millions of Americans access to affordable healthcare. In return, states receive 100 percent of federal funding to cover those costs for the first three years and no less than 90 percent federal support for those costs in the years following. Taken together, if all 24 states that haven’t expanded coverage did so, about 5.4 million uninsured Americans would gain access to health insurance coverage by 2016.
This leaves state officials facing a critical decision: play political games and continue to block Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act or put partisanship aside and bring in much needed funds to allow millions of citizens access to healthcare. It should not be a difficult choice. Now is the time for elected officials to follow the example of Governor John Kasich in Ohio and Governor Jan Brewer in Arizona to put politics aside and expand Medicaid.
“It’s often overlooked that Nebraska has a high number of uninsured in rural counties. Without expansion, rural hospitals will face growing financial challenges, which will undoubtedly lead to a reduction in the services they provide and – we are hearing – a real risk of these critical hospital closing their doors. The good news is that the Nebraska Legislature is unique. We are nonpartisan, unicameral and constantly find ways to work together to move our state forward. On this issue, there is a strong bipartisan majority that supports expanding Medicaid. Providing access to quality, affordable health care should be a priority for all of us who represent the ‘good life’ in Nebraska. If all legislators and our Governor truly care about growing our economy and strengthening our health care system, we will pass Medicaid expansion in 2014.”
Here’s a sample of some coverage from the last week about local leaders and organizations across the country encouraging leaders to put politics aside, and improve access to quality healthcare by expanding Medicaid:
Washington Times: White House PR blitz hits states that rejected Medicaid expansion The Obama administration’s all-out public relations push to sell its health care reform law increasingly is targeting individual governors, who will bear much of the blame, the White House says, if millions of poor Americans remain uninsured. Administration officials Monday joined with state and local Democratic leaders in North Carolina to put pressure on Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican, to expand Medicaid eligibility under Obamacare. Under Mr. McCrory, North Carolina is one of two dozen states that so far have opted out of that expansion, a crucial building block of the Affordable Care Act but one that became voluntary as a result of a Supreme Court decision last year. LINK
McClatchy: White House, N.C. Democrats press state to expand Medicaid The White House enlisted two top North Carolina Democrats on Monday to urge Gov. Pat McCrory and the legislature to reconsider their opposition to Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. “Medicaid expansion is a smart choice for states,” White House Spokesman Josh Earnest said during a telephone news conference along with Durham Democrats, Mayor Bill Bell and state Sen. Floyd McKissick. Earnest said that states would save money “over and above the expense of expanding Medicaid.” Bell said that in Durham, the state’s fourth largest city, 61,000 people would get insurance if the expansion went through. LINK
Secretary John Kerry
06:22 PM EST
It’s important to mark milestones of great progress both because they remind us that disciplined and determined effrts can be successful in meeting great challenges – but also because they underscore something Nelson Mandela once told us: “It always seems impossible until it is done.”
Today, the World Health Organization released a report that confirms what many of us have long believed: we’re knocking on the door of doing what many fifteen years ago deemed impossible. The bottom line: we can beat malaria, one of the most intransigent diseases on the planet. By bringing together governments, business leaders, philanthropists, donor agencies and citizens in malaria endemic countries to end deaths from this preventable and treatable disease, we’re making tremendous, unparalleled progress.
Just unpack the statistics in this new report, and the reality is compelling. Globally, malaria mortality has fallen 51 percent among children under the age of 5; in sub-Saharan Africa, by 54 percent. We crossed an important threshold in 2012 — for the first time, fewer than 500,000 children died of malaria. Our efforts saved approximately 3.3 million lives between 2000 and 2012.
It’s not just that we are beating back malaria in and of itself; the ripple effect is dramatic. Just connect the dots. President Obama has insisted we all focus on his big, bold vision of ending preventable child and maternal deaths by 2035, and helping relieve extreme poverty. If you beat malaria, you’ve taken dramatic steps in that direction.
12:43 PM EST
On Tuesday, four American Presidents traveled to Johannesburg to pay tribute to the former South African President, Nelson Mandela. As President Obama addressed the crowd, and greeted Madiba’s extended family of South African citizens, I was reminded of a more intimate gathering earlier this year.
In November, 2013, President Obama invited members of the Mandela family to the White House for a screening of “Long Walk to Freedom,” a film based on Mandela’s autobiography. Take a look at this short video, featuring informal reflections by the President, the Mandela family, the former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa, Donald Gips, and the film’s star, Idris Elba.
Ask The White House: Immigration Reform
December 11, 2013 | 35:18 |Public Domain
Vice President Joe Biden and Cecilia Muñoz, the President’s Domestic Policy Advisor, answer your questions about immigration reform in a live Skype video call hosted by Bing and Skype.
December 11, 2013 | 1:07:03 |Public Domain
White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.
Sandy Hook: “Evil did not win.”
Published on Dec 6, 2013
A mother who lost her 6-year-old daughter at Sandy Hook shares what tragedy has taught her during the past year.
Children killed by guns since Newtown
Published on Dec 11, 2013
Mother Jones’ special report on children killed by guns in the year since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School
December 12th, 2013: White House Photo of the Day
I am very curious why the “fair, unbiased & balanced media has chosen NOT to circulate this photo…..
As much as they circulate these photos……
OR this photo….
The media seems to have disregarded these photos…..
Now ask yourself Why?
Now for the stupid…..
Megyn Kelly Really Wants The Kids To Know Santa And Jesus Are White
Published on Dec 12, 2013
This is how Megyn Kelly handled a story by a black woman who wrote that maybe, just maybe, Santa doesn’t have to be white all the time (because—spoiler alert—Santa can be all things to all people!): For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white. But this person is maybe just arguing that we should also have a black Santa. But, you know, Santa is what he is, and just so you know, we’re just debating this because someone wrote about it, kids.
For good measure, she also assured the children that Jesus was white too.
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