By Jueseppi B.
President Barack Obama orders lunch at Nancy’s restaurant in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. The President and first lady are on vacation on the island. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
White House Tweets – August 13, 2013
President Barack Obama greets people before ordering lunch at Nancy’s restaurant in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. The President and first lady are on vacation on the island. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
OAK BLUFFS, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama had a deep fried seafood lunch on his island vacation, then worked it off playing basketball.
A rainy Tuesday kept the president away from the golf course on his third full day of a weeklong vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. He hit the links the first two days.
But the president still got in his workout, heading to the Oak Bluffs School to play basketball with his friend Eric Whitaker and staff working on the trip.
The game came after the president picked up some fried shrimp, clams, french fries and onion rings at a waterfront restaurant called Nancy’s. He took the meal over to senior adviser Valerie Jarrett’s rented home nearby overlooking Nantucket Sound.
2013 The Associated Press
President Obama visits Nancy’s Restaurant in Oak Bluffs.
Published on Aug 13, 2013
President Barack Obama shook hands with patrons and ordered seafood take-out from Nancy’s Restaurant in Oak Bluffs on August 13, 2013.
Barack’s White House Blog – August 13, 2013
Jeanne Lambrew, Deputy Assistant to the President for Health Policy.
Landmark consumer projections, including limits on out-of pocket costs in health insurance plans, are taking effect next year, on time. Here are the facts:
Under the Affordable Care Act, for the first time, new historic consumer protections will stop the worst insurance company abuses, by banning discrimination based on a pre-existing health conditions, ending lifetime and annual dollar limits on what an insurance company will cover, and capping out-of pocket spending to protect Americans and their families.
Under the Affordable Care Act, consumers’ out-of-pocket costs for the first time will be limited to no more than $6,350 per individual as $12,700 per family to help protect people with serious illness from financial ruin. Until now, consumers could face unlimited out-of-pocket costs for medical care and prescription drugs.
In February, the Administration put out public guidance to implement this important provision, on time.
Here’s how it will work for you and your family: If you are buying a plan on the Health Insurance Marketplaces, your out-of-pocket limit in 2014 for medical and drug costs combined will not exceed $6,350.
If you have plan through your employer, your out-of-pocket limit for major medical costs will also not exceed $6,350.
In recognition that some employer plans may use separate benefit administrators for their insurance coverage (such as one for major medical coverage and another for drug coverage), with tech systems that cannot communicate with one another yet, the February guidance allowed these plans to separately limit out of pocket spending on major medical expenses, and drug plans that currently have out-of-pocket limits. In 2015, Americans in these plans will have one, single maximum out-of-pocket limit of $6,350 for combined medical and drug costs, just like in the Marketplaces.
Consumers will have historic new protections that improve your coverage and help provide peace of mind so that if you do get sick, you can start focusing on getting better, instead of worrying about going bankrupt.
Cecilia Muñoz and Gene Sperling
August 13, 2013
02:11 PM EDT
Cecilia Muñoz, Director of Domestic Policy. Gene Sperling, Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy.
Today, the White House released a report detailing the economic benefits of providing a path to earned citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living and working in the U.S. shadow economy. As highlighted in the report, a range of economic research has shown that immigrants living and working in the United States without authorization are earning far less than their potential, paying much less in taxes, and contributing significantly less to the U.S. economy than they would if they were given the opportunity to gain legal status and earn U.S. citizenship. According to outside estimates, providing earned citizenship for these workers would increase their wages and, over 10 years, boost U.S. GDP by $1.4 trillion, increase total income for all Americans by $791 billion, generate $184 billion in additional state and federal tax revenue from currently undocumented immigrants, and add about 2 million jobs to the U.S. economy.
A strong majority of Americans from diverse states and political backgrounds support a path to earned citizenship. However, some in Congress have suggested that immigration reform should provide only legal status, without any opportunity for those who are getting on the right side of the law to earn their way to citizenship. This “legalization-only” approach violates a basic principle of our country: that anyone, no matter where they came from, can become an American citizen if they’re willing to work for it and take on the responsibilities of citizenship. We cannot afford a system that creates a group which can never become fully American, denying equal rights to people who pay the same taxes and play by the same rules even after they’ve paid a penalty and gotten on the right side of the law.
And in addition, the research shows the significant economic costs – in terms of lost growth, earnings, tax revenues, and jobs – associated with failing to provide a path to earned citizenship for these families. Compared to the benefits of citizenship, providing legal status alone to currently undocumented workers would, over 10 years, result in $568 billion less GDP, and $321 billion less total income. An estimated 820,000 fewer total jobs would be created, and federal and state governments would lose out on $75 billion in additional tax revenue according to outside estimates.
There are likely a number of factors that explain why citizenship provides even greater wage and economic benefits than legalization alone, including jobs and licenses people are only eligible for as citizens; jobs that require travel, which is often easier for those with U.S. passports; and citizenship serving as a signal to employers that a person means to stay in the U.S.
The largest factor, however, may be the less tangible one: greater certainty that accompanies citizenship leads to more investment, for example, in education and training, or more willingness to take the risk of starting a business.
The bipartisan Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744) passed by the Senate is an opportunity for our country to finally fix its broken immigration system. This commonsense legislation, drafted and supported by both Democrats and Republicans, has four pillars: (1) continue to strengthen our borders; (2) crack down on companies that hire undocumented workers; (3) hold undocumented immigrants accountable before they can earn their citizenship by requiring them to pass background checks, pay penalties and their taxes, learn English, and go to the back of the line; and (4) streamline the legal immigration system for families, workers, and employers.
Economists, business leaders, and American workers agree – we must take advantage of this historic opportunity to fix our broken immigration system in a comprehensive way. To this end, the President urges the House of Representatives to take action and stands willing to work with all parties to make sure that commonsense immigration reform with an earned path to citizenship becomes a reality as soon as possible.
Julie Chavez Rodriguez
August 13, 2013
01:25 PM EDT
Today, Jason Berry the owner of Berry Farms in Vivaldia, Georgia joined a call with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to highlight the important economic benefits of immigration reform to the agricultural industry
. Jason’s company produces 200 acres of organic blueberries, in addition to 50 acres of vegetables. In the spring and summer of 2011 a drastic shortage of farm workers, invoked by the passage of a local law, almost caused him to lose his farm. Desperate for workers, Jason began offering $50 signing bonuses to locals who were willing to work harvesting his crops; however, based on his estimates, 90% of those new hires quit within three days. Jason says the losses at his blueberry and vegetable farm were almost enough to put his small operation under, which would have drastically impacted him and his 15 year round employees. Jason’s story is one echoed by many farmers in Georgia. Jason shared his story with President Obama in late June and continues to use his story to demonstrate why immigration reform is so important to America’s farmers and the entire agricultural industry. Check out Jason’s video.
Immigration reform, from my perspective – Jason Berry
Published on Aug 13, 2013
Jason Berry, Owner, Blueberry Farms of Georgia and Berry Farms speaks about how the broken immigration system is affecting his small business.
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