President Obama Speaks About The Success Of The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES).


 

By Jueseppi B.

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More Than 7 Million Americans Have Enrolled in Private Health Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act

 

 

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Today, the White House announced that more than 7 million Americans signed up for affordable care through the Health Insurance Marketplace during the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment, which ended on March 31.

The number, announced during Press Secretary Jay Carney‘s briefing, means that millions of Americans across the country now have access to quality, affordable care. And as numbers continue to come in from states that run their own Marketplaces, that number will continue to rise.

Later today, President Obama will deliver a statement on the Affordable Care Act in the Rose Garden — you can watch on WhiteHouse.gov/Live at 4:15 p.m. ET.

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President Obama Delivers a Statement on the Affordable Care Act

 

Published on Apr 1, 2014

Following the closing of the first open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act, the President delivers remarks in the Rose Garden, announcing that 7.1 million Americans have now signed up for private health coverage. April 1, 2014.

 

 

 

President Barack Obama: 7.1 million Americans.

 

Last night, the first open enrollment period under theAffordable Care Act came to an end.

 

And this afternoon, we announced that 7.1 million Americans have now signed up for private insurance plans through the new Health Insurance Marketplaces.

 

7.1 million.

 

That doesn’t count the more than 3 million young adults who have gained insurance under this law by staying on their families’ plans. It doesn’t count the millions more who have gotten covered through the expansion of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. It doesn’t include the more than 100 million folks who now have better care — who are receiving additional benefits, like mammograms and contraceptive care, at no extra cost.

 

Now, millions of our fellow Americans have the comfort and peace of mind that comes with knowing they’re no longer leaving their health and well-being to chance. For many of them, quality health insurance wasn’t an option until this year — maybe because they couldn’t afford it, or because a pre-existing condition kept them locked out of a discriminatory system.

 

Today, that’s changed. And while our long-broken health care system may not be completely fixed, it’s without question a lot better. That’s something to be proud of — and there’s no good reason to go back.

 

Regardless of your politics, or your feelings about the Affordable Care Act, millions more Americans with health coverage is something that’s good for our economy and our country.

 

At the end of the day, that is what this law — and the other reforms we’re fighting for, from a 21st-century immigration system to a fairer wage for every American who’s willing to work for it — are all about:

 

Making sure our country lives up to our highest ideals.

 

I am thankful to be your President today, and every day. And I am proud that this law will continue to make life better for millions of Americans in the years to come.

 

Thank you.

President Barack Obama

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Though HealthCare.gov got off to a rocky start in October, the open enrollment period ended with soaring interest — including a record-breaking 4.8 million visits to HealthCare.gov, and around 2 million calls to CMS call centers. Throughout this weekend, Americans across the country were literally lined up around the block at local enrollment centers.

It’s important to remember that 7 million represents only part of the total number of people who have received coverage under the Affordable Care Act: millions more have been covered by state Medicaid expansions, and around 3 million Americans under 26 are now covered under their parents’ plans.

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The White House Blog Updates™: A Message From The President. The White House Beards.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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President Barack Obama: 7.1 million Americans.

 

Last night, the first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act came to an end.

 

And this afternoon, we announced that 7.1 million Americans have now signed up for private insurance plans through the new Health Insurance Marketplaces.

 

7.1 million.

 

That doesn’t count the more than 3 million young adults who have gained insurance under this law by staying on their families’ plans. It doesn’t count the millions more who have gotten covered through the expansion of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. It doesn’t include the more than 100 million folks who now have better care — who are receiving additional benefits, like mammograms and contraceptive care, at no extra cost.

 

Now, millions of our fellow Americans have the comfort and peace of mind that comes with knowing they’re no longer leaving their health and well-being to chance. For many of them, quality health insurance wasn’t an option until this year — maybe because they couldn’t afford it, or because a pre-existing condition kept them locked out of a discriminatory system.

 

Today, that’s changed. And while our long-broken health care system may not be completely fixed, it’s without question a lot better. That’s something to be proud of — and there’s no good reason to go back.

 

Regardless of your politics, or your feelings about the Affordable Care Act, millions more Americans with health coverage is something that’s good for our economy and our country.

 

At the end of the day, that is what this law — and the other reforms we’re fighting for, from a 21st-century immigration system to a fairer wage for every American who’s willing to work for it — are all about:

 

Making sure our country lives up to our highest ideals.

 

I am thankful to be your President today, and every day. And I am proud that this law will continue to make life better for millions of Americans in the years to come.

 

Thank you.

President Barack Obama

 

 

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Announcing the President’s Council on Beards

 

 

 

Today, President Obama announced the creation of the President’s Council on Beards, a committee of volunteer citizens and officials dedicated to honoring our nation’s history, and promoting men’s health and wellness.

 

Finding inspiration from today’s visit by the renowned beard enthusiasts from the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox, the President has pulled together an experienced, enthusiastic, and hairy team of council members to advise him on issues related to beard growth, health, and styles.

 

 

Catching up with the Curator: Presidential Beards

 

Published on Apr 1, 2014

In the latest installment of “Catching up with the Curator”, White House curator Bill Allman discusses the history of beards at the White House. Learn more athttp://WhiteHouse.gov/beards

 

 

 

Led by chair Jay Carney, also known as “The Briefing Beard,” council members include:

 

 

For more on the history of beards at the White House, watch our latest installment of “Catching up with the Curator” with Bill Allman.

 

 

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Statements and Releases – April 01, 2014

 

Message to the Congress — Iceland and the Fisherman’s Protective Act

 

Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Business Executives from Information Technology Companies

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on the House Republican Budget

 

 

Remarks by the President Honoring the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox

 

 

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Caring for Jamaicans with Special Needs


Originally posted on Petchary's Blog:

The Digicel Foundation continues its focus on strengthening educational and care facilities for Jamaicans with special needs, and they are really making a difference. I was not able to attend the opening of a multi-functional centre – the Care Plus Centre of Excellence – at the Jacob’s Ladder community in Moneague, St. Ann, last Wednesday, March 26. But I can tell you a bit about it.

From left: Thyra Heaven, board member, Mustard Seed Communities, Judine Hunter, programme manager - Special Needs, Digicel Foundation, and Sandy Wallace, resident of Jacob's Ladder, cut the ribbon to officially open the Care Plus Centre of Excellence. (Photo: Carl Gilchrist/Gleaner)

From left: Thyra Heaven, board member, Mustard Seed Communities, Judine Hunter, program manager – Special Needs, Digicel Foundation, and Sandy Wallace, resident of Jacob’s Ladder, cut the ribbon to officially open the Care Plus Centre of Excellence. (Photo: Carl Gilchrist/Gleaner)

Jacob’s Ladder is a place in rural Jamaica where the wonderful Mustard Seed Communities (MSC) care for seventy Jamaican adults with special needs. It is the only facility of its kind in Jamaica. A bauxite company, Windalco, donated the 100 acres of land on which…

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The Commons Revisited


Originally posted on QBG_Tilted Tiara:

I want to return to one of my favorite political / philosophical places on the map, The Commons. When I first wrote about The Commons, back prior to the second election of our current president it was with some hopefulness ( backstory). Truthfully, most Americans do not refer to the Public Sector, the services and systems provided by government as The Commons. Since January 1981, we have as a nation, been on a mission to destroy The Commons and our memory of how they serve us.

How did we get so damned mean?

Do you ever ask yourself this question when listening to news reports, watching a debate on the floor of Congress or reading the latest meme posted from either side of the ideological debate? I know I do. It seems both sides have sunk to new lows, specializing in simple nastiness and personal attacks rather than solving…

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The 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox Visit The White House


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Jay Carney @PresSec is getting ready for the @redsox visit today. Watch out

Jay Carney @PresSec is getting ready for the @redsox visit today. Watch out

President Obama greets @RedSox outfielder Jonny Gomes

President Obama greets @RedSox outfielder Jonny Gomes

Pres Obama with Big Papi @davidortiz

Pres Obama with Big Papi @davidortiz

The selfie....Big Papi definitely had a better angle than me! @davidortiz @RedSox

The selfie….Big Papi definitely had a better angle than me! @davidortiz @RedSox

Thanks to a great Red Sox Fan Pete Souza who took this pic. Great to meet President Obama today. Surreal Day!

Thanks to a great Red Sox Fan Pete Souza who took this pic. Great to meet President Obama today. Surreal Day!

 

 

The 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox Visit the White House

 

Published on Apr 1, 2014

The President delivers remarks honoring the 2013 World Series
Champion Boston Red Sox from the White House South Lawn. April 1, 2014.

 

 

Remarks by the President Honoring the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox

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White House Wonders – World Series Title 2013: President Obama congratulates Red Sox Manager

 

Published on Nov 21, 2013

President Barack Obama calls Boston Red Sox Manager John Farrell to congratulate him on the team’s third World Series title in ten years. 5 Nov 2013.

 

 

 

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THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, everybody!  Everybody, have a seat.  Have a seat.  I got a few things to say here.

 

First of all, it’s great to see you as we kick off the 2014 baseball season.  Now, I thought I invited the Red Sox here today, but there must be a mistake because I don’t recognize all these clean-shaven guys.  (Laughter.)   There’s one guy — a couple guys who decided they thought the beard was working for them.

 

But beards or no beards, it is an honor to welcome the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox to the White House.  (Applause.)  I have to say, you all have some fanatical fans.  (Laughter.)  And many of them occupy my administration and the White House.  Look at my White House photographer — he’s been thinking about this day all week.  I got my press secretary there.  I am surrounded by Red Sox fans.  And I know that there — all the members of Congress from the New England delegation, who are equally fanatic.

 

Back in 2004, watching the Red Sox win the World Series was a novelty.  But over the past 10 years, this clubhouse has the winningest championship record in baseball — (applause) — three World Series titles in a decade, under the leadership of John Henry, Tom Werner, Larry Lucchino, and their partners.  And since they won this one at Fenway, the die-hards can finally declare that the Curse has definitively been broken.  (Applause.)

 

Obviously, all the wins were sweet for Red Sox fans, but I think for the nation as a whole there was something about this particular squad that was special and will go down in history — not just not just because they went from worst to first, but because they symbolized the grit and the resilience of America’s — one of America’s iconic cities during one of its most difficult moments.

 

Nearly one year ago, hundreds of thousands gathered on a beautiful spring day to run and cheer the historic Boston Marathon.  But a senseless act of terror turned celebration into chaos, and joy into anguish.  Four young people lost their lives.  Hundreds were injured.  The city was rocked.  But under the guiding hand of somebody who I consider one of the finest public servants that America has known, Mayor Tom Menino of Boston, who is here today, and his lovely wife.  (Applause.)

 

Boston stood resolute and unbowed and unbroken.  And as the smoke cleared, we gained inspiration from the injured who gamely tackled their recovery — those who are running and walking again, including the young woman who has returned to professional dancing with a prosthetic leg.  And we took heart from the first responders who put their lives at risk and bravely ran toward danger — people like Officer Richard Donahue of the MBTA Transit Police, who was shot and nearly killed that night.  After months of rehab, Richard is walking again and keeping up with his 18-month-old son, and we’re so proud to have Richard here today.  Give him a big round of applause.  (Applause.)

 

Today, our hearts are in Boston again.  We’ve got the families of firefighters Michael Kennedy and Lieutenant Edward Walsh, who gave their lives protecting others from a massive blaze last week.  And their sacrifice, like the sacrifice of those made last year, remind us of the selfless courage of everyday heroes who put their lives on the line to help others.  The first responders, the brave citizens, the resolute victims of these tragedies — they’re all Boston Strong.  And ultimately, that’s what this team played for last season, and every man behind me did his part to keep the team rolling.

 

There was Xander Boegarts, the upstart rookie who took over at third base and didn’t let up.  The tested veterans like my fellow Hawaiian Shane Victorino, and Mike Napoli, who came in during the offseason and shook off the rust and the injuries to secure win after win.  Lackey and Lester — the heart of a rotation that upped their game and started begging their manager, John Farrell, to stay in for six and seven and eight innings.  And of course, the legend — the only man to play for all three championship teams, the biggest bat in the dugout:  Big Papi.  (Applause.)  Love this guy.  Even a White Sox fan can appreciate these guys.  (Laughter.)

 

But for all the big names, this was never a single super-star’s team.  If you look at the numbers, no pitcher won more than 15 games; no batter hit more than 30 home runs.  And yet, they led the majors in runs scored, won the most games in the American League, had the second-best ERA in their hard-hitting division.  So this team never lost more than three games in a row all season, they just had a lot of heart.

 

And it was that consistency that brought the Red Sox into the postseason.  But it was a drive to do more for the city that had their backs that took them on to win in the World Series.  With the rallying symbol of Boston Strong mowed into the outfield and sewed into their uniforms, the Red Sox took the field against Tampa and Detroit with the full weight of their city behind them.  When they found themselves in Game Four of the World Series, down two games to one against St. Louis, the faithful cheered as Jonny Gomes knocked in a three-run homer out of the park, breaking open a tie and giving Red Sox Nation the signal they weren’t done yet.  (Applause.)

 

Big Papi let it rip, earned the World Series MVP.  (Applause.)  Koji Uehara, the third-choice closer who had been signed as an afterthought, capped one of the best postseasons in major league history with his signature splitter that sank straight into David Ross’s mitt to win the World Series, four games to two.  And then Koji just looked so happy after every game, didn’t he, jumping up on people.  (Laughter.)

 

So they all stormed the field, readied the duck boats.  But this was more than just a trophy and parade.  With every game they played, the Sons of Fenway never forgot what it meant to wear the Boston uniform.  When they visited bombing victims in the hospital; when they played ball with kids getting cancer treatment; when they started a program to help wounded warriors get treatment at Mass General — these guys were saying, we’re all on the same team.  And I think Big Papi put it better and more colorfully than any of us could.  (Laughter.)  I won’t repeat his quote.  (Laughter.)  But the point is, Boston and the Red Sox were one this season.

 

And we knew last year, even as we mourned the lost and cared for the wounded and resolved to carry on, that the moment would come when the Sox would be champions again and the crowds would gather for a parade down Boylston once more.  And that’s exactly what happened.  That’s how this team helped Boston to heal.  And true to that spirit, in just a few weeks, something else we resolved last year will come to pass:  On the third Monday in April, the world will return to Boston and run harder than ever and cheer louder than ever for the 118th Boston Marathon.  That will happen.  (Applause.)

 

The bottom line is I’m proud of these guys.  As a baseball fan, I appreciate their comeback season.  But more importantly, as President, I’m grateful for their character and their embrace of the essential role they played in the spirit of that city.  Sometimes, sports seems like it’s trivial, it’s just an entertainment.  And then, every once in a while, you’re reminded that sports represents something else and it has the power to bring people together like almost nothing can.  And all of you should be very proud of what you accomplished.  I know your fans are.  And I’m grateful to you as well.

 

So congratulations to the Boston Red Sox and Red Sox Nation.  (Applause.)  Good luck this season.  May the best Sox win.  (Laughter and applause.)

 

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Tribute to the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox!

 

Published on Oct 31, 2013

BOSTON STRONG! Sorry for being so rushed but I wanted this to get done quickly. I do not own the rights to these clips.

 

 

 

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