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President Barack Hussein Obama’s Positive Message To Organizing for Action Members: The Phone Call.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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President Obama’s Message To OFA Supporters On ObamaCARES

 

President Obama reassured his supporters on Monday evening that the fight to spread the truth & facts about his health-care law would succeed, while also enlisting their help in spreading word about the importance of signing up Americans for The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES).

 

In a conference call with thousands of supporters hosted by Organizing for Action, President Obama said the problems with Healthcare.gov have led to “misinformation” about the health-care law.

 

“Frankly, there have been problems with the Web site that have created and fed this misinformation,” The President told what OFA said was an audience of more than 200,000 supporters. OFA was created out of the Obama 2012 campaign in the hopes of advancing the President’s agenda.

 

President Obama an exclusive call with OFA supporters 11/18/2013

 

 

President Obama is experiencing one of the biggest strikes against  his Presidency as his administration struggles to implement the health-care law against racist wealthy business interest from the Reich wing as well as greedy politicians in the pocket of big insurance corporations, not to mention professional hackers hell bent on crashing the marketplace website. In his remarks, the President said he and his supporters knew it would be a difficult process and referenced Republicans and their refusal to help make sure the law prospers for the millions of uninsured Americans.

 

“We knew it was going to be hard because change is hard, and there are a lot of vested interests,” the President said. “And obviously we haven’t gotten a lot of cooperation from the other party.”

 

Still, President Obama said, he wouldn’t stop working to ensure the law succeeds. “I’ve got one more campaign in me, and that’s making sure this law works,” he said.

 

The President told his supporters that his main message was that he needs their help in reminding people to sign up for health care through the law – whether on the Web site or through other separate marketplace venues.

 

“This law is going to be one that lasts for generations to come,” he said. “And people will see why we fought so hard to do it.”

 

In providing reassurance to his supporters, President Obama cast last week’s news that just over 100,000 people successfully signed up for the Affordable Care Act as a victory, noting that 400,000 other people obtained Medicaid coverage and many more expressed interest.

 

The actual National figures for October, released this month can be found here…..

 

The HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE: NOVEMBER ENROLLMENT REPORT

 

President Obama said he is confident that, by the end of the month, HealthCare.gov would be working for the vast majority of Americans, which the administration has defined as 80 percent of those seeking to sign up. “In fact, eventually, it’s going to be the easiest place to shop for healthcare.”

 

HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE: NOVEMBER ENROLLMENT REPORT

 

Read The Complete Report From The Department Of Health & Human Services.

 

November 13, 2013
This issue brief highlights national and state-levelenrollment-related information for the first month of theHealth Insurance Marketplace (Marketplace hereafter) initial open enrollment period that began October 1, 2013 for coverage beginning January 1, 2014 (see Appendix A for state-level data).

 

It also provides an overview of the methodology that was used in compiling these data (see Appendix B), and includes information about strategies to reach consumers.

 

These data represent a “snapshot” of Marketplace enrollment that uses comparable definitions for the data elements across states, and between states that are implementing their own Marketplaces (also known as State-Based Marketplaces or SBMs) and states with Marketplaces that are supported by or fully-run by the Department of Health and Human Services (including
those run in partnership with states, also known as the Federally-facilitated Marketplace or FFM).

 

Data related to Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) eligibility in this report are based on applications submitted through the Marketplaces. Enrollment based on applications submitted through state Medicaid/CHIP agencies will be released in a subsequent report.

 

 

The following are highlights of Marketplace enrollment-related information for the first month.
Marketplace Monthly Enrollment-Related Information, 10-1-13 to 11-2-13
Number of completed applications through the Marketplaces 846,184

 
Total number of individuals included in completed Marketplace applications 1,509,883

 
Number of individuals determined eligible to enroll in a Marketplace plan 1,081,592

 
Number of individuals who have selected a Marketplace plan 106,185

 
(1) Oct 1- Nov 2 most closely represents the first month of operations since state based Marketplaces generally compile enrollment-related metrics on a weekly basis.

 

 

The first month enrollment experience in the Marketplace exceeds comparable first month enrollment in theCommonwealth Care program in the MassachusettsHealth Connector. In Massachusetts, the number of premium-paying enrollees who signed up during the first month of enrollment was 123 or 0.3 percent of the total enrollment of 36,167 at the end of the year.

 

 

Department of Health and Human Services 
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

http://aspe.hhs.gov

 

 

Marketplace plan selection of 106,185 is 1.5 percent of the estimated enrollees at the end of the 2014 open enrollment period (Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate, May 2013). (See Appendix C for more information on enrollment experiences in other programs.)

 

 

Marketplace Website and Call Center Activity:
Unique Visitors on the SBM and FFM websites: 26,876,527
Calls to the SBM and FFM call centers: 3,158,436

 

 

Overview of Enrollment to Date

 

To date, 106,185 persons have enrolled and selected a Marketplace plan—this includes those who have paid a premium and those who have not yet paid a premium.

 

Based on available data, 846,184 completed applications were submitted to Marketplaces during the first month of the initial open enrollment period (10-1-13 to 11-2-13), including applications that were submitted to the SBMs and FFM.

 

These completed applications correspond to a total of 1,509,883 million individuals (persons) who have applied for coverage through the Marketplaces during this time period. This represents 22 percent of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated 7 million Marketplace enrollment in 2014.

 

The Marketplaces have helped a total of 1,477,853 persons by determining or assessing3that  they are either eligible to enroll in a Marketplace plan (used throughout this report—also known as Qualified Health Plans or QHPs) with or without financial assistance, or in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

 

To date, 106,185 persons have selected a Marketplace plan—this includes 79,391 in SBMs and 26,794 in FFM. An additional 975,407
persons who have been determined eligible have not yet selected a plan through the Marketplace.

 

To date, the Marketplaces have processed eligibility determinations and assessments for 98 percent (1,477,853) of the 1,509,883 persons who have applied for coverage – including:

 

1,081,592 persons (73 percent of the total number of persons with processed eligibility determinations / assessments) have been determined eligible to enroll in a Marketplace plan, (including 326,130 persons who have been determined eligible to enroll in a
Marketplace plan with financial assistance).

 

106,185 (10 percent) of the 1,081,592 total Marketplace plan eligible persons have already selected a plan by clicking a button on the website page.

 

Enrollment includes those who have selected a plan including those who have paid their first month premium and those who have not yet done so

 

396,261 persons (27 percent of the total number of persons with processed eligibility determinations / assessments) who have been determined or assessed eligible for Medicaid or CHIP.

 

A total of 502,446, or 1 in 3 of the 1,477,853 people whose eligibility determinations / assessments have been processed, have either been determined or assessed eligible for Medicaid or CHIP or have selected a plan in the Marketplaces. Meanwhile, 722,391 (49 percent) of the 1,477,853 whose eligibility determinations / assessments have been processed are either eligible
for financial assistance through the Marketplaces, or have been determined or assessed eligible for Medicaid or CHIP.

 

An additional 201,137 persons who applied for coverage through the Marketplaces have eligibility determinations that are either pending, not captured in the Marketplace plan and Medicaid/CHIP eligibility counts for a given state, or negative (meaning that they have not been determined eligible to enroll in a Marketplace plan).

 

The available data on completed applications, eligibility determinations and assessments, and Marketplace plan selection represents a subset of the total number of Americans who have begun exploring the coverage options that are available through the new Marketplaces. There is considerable interest in the new Marketplaces as measured by unique visitors on the SBM and FFM websites (26,876,527), and calls to the SBM and FFM call centers (3,158,436).

 

These early enrollment-related statistics suggest that, in spite of recent information system and website issues, interest in the Marketplaces is high. For example a Commonwealth Fund survey conducted Oct. 9-275 polled adults (ages 19-64) who are uninsured or have individual market coverage and found that most (60 percent) are aware of the Marketplace.

 

Further, the Commonwealth Fund found that 53 percent are aware that financial support is available for Marketplace coverage and 17 percent have visited the Marketplace. Most (58 percent) said they are very likely or somewhat likely to go or go back to visit the Marketplace to enroll in a plan or to apply for the premium tax credit or for Medicaid/CHIP before the open enrollment period
ends on March 31, 2014. (See Appendix D for more information).

 

Marketplace enrollment is expected to increase as technical issues are resolved.

 

Read The Complete Department of Health and Human Services HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE: NOVEMBER ENROLLMENT REPORT

 

 

HEALTH CARE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

 

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This holiday season, millions of Americans have a chance to get quality, affordable health insurance—many for the first time. If you have family members who are uninsured, you can play a big part in helping them find coverage that works for them. It might not always seem like it, but your family listens to you. So have the talk.

 

 

SEND A PACKING LIST

Use this list to make sure your family members have what they need to shop on the new health insurance marketplace.

 

SEND A PACKING LIST

Are your family members traveling home for the holidays? There are a few things they’ll need to sign up for health coverage. Make sure they bring the following items with them before they head home.

 

PACKING LIST

In order to shop on the new health insurance marketplace, you’ll need to have a few basic pieces of information with you:

  1. Your Social Security Number
  2. Information about your employer and income— either a pay stub or a copy of your most recent W-2 tax form
  3. If you currently have health insurance, you’ll need your health insurance card or paperwork that includes a health policy number

DOUBLE CHECK

Here are some common things to think about before getting started:

  1. Your budget: What is your budget? How much can you afford to pay each month for health coverage?
  2. Existing insurance: Is health insurance currently offered through your job?
  3. Current costs: If you do currently have coverage, what are your costs?
  4. Coverage Goals: What kind of coverage are you looking for? There are lots of options based on what you want and how much you want to pay.

 

 

PLAN YOUR TALK

Take a moment to plan when, where, and how you’ll talk to your family about health insurance.

 

PLANNING YOUR HEALTH CARE TALK

Make sure you have a plan for when, where, and how you’ll talk to your family about health insurance. Here are a few tips to help you prepare.

 

 

Clock

PICK A TIME

Start early: Don’t wait until the last minute—be sure to start the conversation early!

Integrate the talk into family time:Take advantage of downtime after meals or between holiday activities to start your talk.

 

 

 

Talk

THINK ABOUT HOW YOU’LL BRING IT UP

Make it personal: Be honest about your feelings and why this is important to you.

Be persistent, but keep it positive: Tell them you care about their health, and focus on the benefits that come from knowing that you have health insurance.

 

 

Place

CHOOSE A PLACE

Get creative: Think about what matters to your family member. Make it memorable!

Find a Quiet Place to Shop: You can start your conversation anywhere, but to shop for health coverage, you will want a more quiet, private place to make a phone call or use the internet.

 

 

 

START THE CONVERSATION

Here are some tips on talking to your family about how to sign up and how to answer common questions.

 

CONVERSATION TIPS

 

Start by asking: “Have you thought about signing up for health insurance on the new marketplace?”

 

Offer to walk them through it: “Would you like to take some time with me to sign up right now?”

 

Ask them to make a plan, and commit to it:“When do you plan on signing up?”

 

Don’t forget to follow up: “Have you signed up yet?”

 

 

WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO COMMUNICATE:

  • Being covered helps you stay healthy and protects you in an emergency.
  • You can find a plan that fits your budget—financial assistance is available for those who qualify.
  • You get to choose the plan that’s right for you.
  • All the health insurance plans on the new marketplace provide free preventive care—including routine checkups, vaccinations and screenings.
  • You can’t be denied insurance because of a preexisting condition, and lifetime limits are now banned, so your insurance will be there when you need it.
  • For your coverage to start January 1, you’ll need to sign up by December 15.
  • Open enrollment for plans in the marketplace is now through March, but getting started sooner is better.

 

 

PLEDGE TO HAVE THE TALK

Make a pledge to have a conversation with your family about health insurance this holiday season.

 

PLEDGE TO HAVE THE TALK

Make a pledge to have a conversation with your family about health insurance this holiday season.

 

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.

 

 

ObamaCARES Works So Lets Get Out There And Spread The Word.

 

Join the team that’s helping make sure the new health care law is a success. Be part of Team Obamacare.

 

 

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HEALTH CARE FOR THE HOLIDAYS


 

By Jueseppi B.

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This holiday season, millions of Americans have a chance to get quality, affordable health insurance—many for the first time. If you have family members who are uninsured, you can play a big part in helping them find coverage that works for them. It might not always seem like it, but your family listens to you. So have the talk.

 

SEND A PACKING LIST

Use this list to make sure your family members have what they need to shop on the new health insurance marketplace.

 

SEND A PACKING LIST

Are your family members traveling home for the holidays? There are a few things they’ll need to sign up for health coverage. Make sure they bring the following items with them before they head home.

 

PACKING LIST

In order to shop on the new health insurance marketplace, you’ll need to have a few basic pieces of information with you:

  1. Your Social Security Number
  2. Information about your employer and income— either a pay stub or a copy of your most recent W-2 tax form
  3. If you currently have health insurance, you’ll need your health insurance card or paperwork that includes a health policy number

DOUBLE CHECK

Here are some common things to think about before getting started:

  1. Your budget: What is your budget? How much can you afford to pay each month for health coverage?
  2. Existing insurance: Is health insurance currently offered through your job?
  3. Current costs: If you do currently have coverage, what are your costs?
  4. Coverage Goals: What kind of coverage are you looking for? There are lots of options based on what you want and how much you want to pay.

 

 

PLAN YOUR TALK

Take a moment to plan when, where, and how you’ll talk to your family about health insurance.

 

PLANNING YOUR HEALTH CARE TALK

Make sure you have a plan for when, where, and how you’ll talk to your family about health insurance. Here are a few tips to help you prepare.

 

 

Clock

PICK A TIME

Start early: Don’t wait until the last minute—be sure to start the conversation early!

Integrate the talk into family time:Take advantage of downtime after meals or between holiday activities to start your talk.

 

 

 

Talk

THINK ABOUT HOW YOU’LL BRING IT UP

Make it personal: Be honest about your feelings and why this is important to you.

Be persistent, but keep it positive: Tell them you care about their health, and focus on the benefits that come from knowing that you have health insurance.

 

 

Place

CHOOSE A PLACE

Get creative: Think about what matters to your family member. Make it memorable!

Find a Quiet Place to Shop: You can start your conversation anywhere, but to shop for health coverage, you will want a more quiet, private place to make a phone call or use the internet.

 

 

START THE CONVERSATION

Here are some tips on talking to your family about how to sign up and how to answer common questions.

 

CONVERSATION TIPS

 

Start by asking: “Have you thought about signing up for health insurance on the new marketplace?”

 

Offer to walk them through it: “Would you like to take some time with me to sign up right now?”

 

Ask them to make a plan, and commit to it:“When do you plan on signing up?”

 

Don’t forget to follow up: “Have you signed up yet?”

 

 

WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO COMMUNICATE:

  • Being covered helps you stay healthy and protects you in an emergency.
  • You can find a plan that fits your budget—financial assistance is available for those who qualify.
  • You get to choose the plan that’s right for you.
  • All the health insurance plans on the new marketplace provide free preventive care—including routine checkups, vaccinations and screenings.
  • You can’t be denied insurance because of a preexisting condition, and lifetime limits are now banned, so your insurance will be there when you need it.
  • For your coverage to start January 1, you’ll need to sign up by December 15.
  • Open enrollment for plans in the marketplace is now through March, but getting started sooner is better.

 

 

PLEDGE TO HAVE THE TALK

Make a pledge to have a conversation with your family about health insurance this holiday season.

 

PLEDGE TO HAVE THE TALK

Make a pledge to have a conversation with your family about health insurance this holiday season.

 

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.

 

 

If you have family members who are uninsured, you can play a big part in helping them find coverage that works for them.

LEARN MORE

 

President Obama’s OFA call – Nov 18, 2013

 

 

ObamaCARES Works So Lets Get Out There And Spread The Word.

 

Join the team that’s helping make sure the new health care law is a success. Be part of Team Obamacare.

 

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39 Democratic Cowards Vote To Undermine The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES).


 

By Jueseppi B.

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On Friday, the House of Representatives approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) that would allow insurers to continue to offer policies on the individual market. The vote was  261-157. Thirty-nine Democrats voted for the Upton Amendment, which is an indication the Democrat united front on Obamacare is allowing itself to be divided and is showing signs of a crack in common sense.

 

39 Democratic Cowards:

 

Barber

Barrow (GA)

Bera (CA)

Bishop (NY)

Braley (IA)

Brownley (CA)

Bustos

Costa

DeFazio

DelBene

Duckworth

Enyart

Esty

Foster

Gallego

Garamendi

Garcia

Kind

Kuster

Loebsack

Maffei

Maloney, Sean

Matheson

McIntyre

McNerney

Murphy (FL)

Nolan

Owens

Peters (CA)

Peters (MI)

Peterson

Rahall

Ruiz

Schneider

Schrader

Shea-Porter

Sinema

Vela

Walz

 

Thirty-nine House Democrats on Friday broke ranks to support a Republican bill that would allow health insurers to continue selling plans canceled under Obamacare through 2014, the first test of support on Capitol Hill since the October 1st Healthcare.cov roll out.

 

The House voted261-157, to pass the bill by Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.). It’s a significant show of disloyalty to the White House, but House Democrats had expected the defections to be far higher before the Obama administration said Thursday that it would pursue an administrative fix to the cancellation problem.

 

President Barack Hussein Obama vowed to veto the bill, saying it “threatens the health security of hard working, middle class families.” The bill is headed nowhere in the Democratic-led Senate, where a number of Senate Democrats have also proposed their own changes to the health care law.

 

Four Republicans opposed the bill — Reps. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma, Paul Broun of Georgia, Ralph Hall of Texas and Thomas Massie of Kentucky. Some conservatives had feared the bill could be viewed as making Obamacare “better.”

 

The Democratic defections largely came from members from the most moderate districts, including Reps. Bruce Braley of Iowa, Ron Kind of Wisconsin, Ami Bera of California, Nick Rahall of West Virginia. Also voting in support was Rep. Patrick Murphy of Florida, where the local Blue Cross plan got significant attention for sending out 300,000 cancellation notices.

 

But other Democrats voted for the bill, too, including Reps. Peter DeFazio of Oregon and John Garamendi of California.

 

Democrats had feared mass defections earlier in the week, but Obama’s mea culpa speech on Thursday — along with persuasion from White House officials who came to the Hill to meet with House and Senate Democrats — stanched the blow somewhat.

 

 

Spineless Democrats: Take A Lesson From Governor Deval Patrick, The Next Black President

 

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Meet a man who uses common sense, logic and critical thinking as a politician. Very uncommon traits to find in politicians today.

 

Meet Honorable Governor Deval Patrick.

 

Gov. Deval Patrick’s Speech at 2012 Democratic National Convention

 

Published on Sep 4, 2012

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Now meet his forward thinking on The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

 

For Immediate Release – November 15, 2013

 

Letter From Governor Patrick to the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation on the Affordable Care Act

 

BOSTON- Friday, November 15, 2013 – Governor Deval Patrick today sent the following letter regarding the Affordable Care Act to the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation:

 

To the Members of the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation:

 

As you consider current proposals to change the Affordable Care Act (ACA), I write to remind you about what we have learned from health care reform in Massachusetts, and to inform you of some of our experiences so far with implementing it.

 

We have seen firsthand the positive changes brought about by a strong individual insurance market with protections that ensure a basic level of care.  Individuals are protected from being dropped from insurance when they need it most, or being denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition.  Benefits must meet minimum standards, and there are limits on individuals’ exposure to out-of-pocket costs for needed health care.  And the rest of us are protected against having our premiums inflated or our taxes tapped to pick up the tab for the uninsured or underinsured.  With these basic features in place, we have achieved near universal coverage, better health and slower growth in health costs.  With the ACA, the same can and will happen for the country.

 

Much has been made of the fact that some Americans have had their current policies canceled by their insurers.  Some of that, we know, is in the normal course of annual insurance renewals.  Some is because the existing policies do not provide the minimum level of coverage required by the ACA.  So long as the means for individuals to learn about and enroll in affordable alternatives is available, through an improved website, a call center or otherwise, the transition of people from non-compliant policies to compliant ones should proceed.

 

Nonetheless, the public has been poorly informed about this transition, and too many consumers are unable to enroll conveniently in compliant plans.  For some, the temporary delay proposed yesterday by the President may be appropriate.  Our experience in Massachusetts tells us that our health plans and their customers have prepared for the transition and are unlikely to need or to use the additional time.

 

However, any delay in requiring plans to meet the basic standards of the ACA must only be temporary.  Leaving non-compliant plans to remain permanently in place means we revert to the status quo: a broken health care system where many people carry policies that don’t cover them when they get seriously ill, and where those with comprehensive coverage pay for those uninsured or underinsured in higher premiums and taxes.  Permitting plans to be permanently non-compliant means the pool of individuals who do purchase plans through the marketplaces will likely be sicker on average, and their options will be more expensive and constrained.  And it will disrupt the market-based model on which premiums and policy options hinge.

 

We benefit in Massachusetts from broad, bipartisan support for health reform and the willingness of our legislature — encouraged by business, labor, industry, patient advocates and others — to make refinements to our plan as we go.  The President does not enjoy that collaboration with the Congress, and the American people suffer as a result.  If you wish to take further legislative action to ensure the successful extension of the benefits of the ACA to all our citizens, I would humbly propose that you consider granting the administration broader authority to make adjustments to the ACA by regulation so long as such regulations advance the fundamental goal.  That way any administration can make changes in the details of implementation quickly in response to lessons learned along the way.

 

The fundamental goal of the Affordable Care Act is to give all Americans access to reliable, quality health insurance at a reasonable cost.  Guaranteeing a basic level of coverage for everyone is the first step towards fixing our broken health care system and promoting a healthier population.  We have seen in Massachusetts how well it works and how important it is.  While the transition is challenging for some, I urge you not to lose sight of the long-term good for all as you consider any changes or adjustments to the Affordable Care Act.

 

For these reasons, I urge you to oppose any bill that extends access to non-compliant plans beyond a short transition period.

 

With continued thanks for your partnership, I am

Respectfully yours,

Governor Deval L. Patrick

2013 Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

This letter from Governor Patrick is necessary because today Congress takes yet another vote to derail, defeat and disassemble The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), known as ObamaCARES, yet for the 47th time? I lose count after 40th time to be honest.

 

The Democrats Who Would Sabotage ObamaCARES

 

There’s no sugar-coating it: Obamacare is in serious political trouble. And progressives need to step up and start fighting to save it right now.

 

Obviously, the law itself is still really good. But it’s clear to everyone that rollout has been badly botched—and now Republicans smell blood in the water. They think this is their chance to undo the whole thing. Worse yet, someDemocrats in Congress are starting to waver too.

 

To fight back, we need to push hard on Republicans trying to undermine the law—as well as Democrats thinking about caving. We also need to hold media outlets accountable for spreading false reports about the parts of the law that are working just fine.

 

But we don’t have much time. The House is voting tomorrow on a bill that would gut the whole law, and according to news reports some Democrats might vote for it as well.

 

The names of the Democrats who lack the backbone and spine to stand with President Barack Hussein Obama and the 41 million Americans who benefit from The Affordable Health Care Act are:

 

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA): Twitter Handle: @SenLandrieu and @MaryLandrieu Contact Info Here.

 

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV): Twitter Handle: @Sen_JoeManchin Contact Info Here.

 

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR): Twitter Handle: @SenJeffMerkley and @JeffMerkley Contact Info Here and Here.

 

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN): Twitter Handle: @SenDonnelly Contact Info Here.

 

Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC): Twitter Handle: @SenatorHagan and @KayHagan Contact Info Here and Here.

 

Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK): Twitter Handle: @SenatorBegich and @MarkBegich  Contact Info Here and Here.

 

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA): Twitter Handle: @SenFeinstein Contact Info Here.

 

Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR): Twitter Handle: @SenMarkPryor and @PryorForSenate Contact Info Here and Here.

 

Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO): Twitter Handle: @MarkUdall Contact Info Here and Here.

 

Might I suggest a phone call, tweet, e-mail or visit to inform them of exactly how you feel about them attempting to remove your chance for healthcare while they have the best coverage available.

 

There’s no excuse for the problems with the website. We all know that. But the website will be fixed. And lets be real here, the website is NOT The ObamaCARES law. The website at healthcare.gov is flawed but the Affordable Health Care Law is NOT flawed and these 9 so called Democrats are a disgrace to all Democrats nationwide.

 

And we can’t let a flawed website undercut the most important expansion of the social safety net since the 1960′s.

 

Already, millions of young adults, people with pre-existing conditions, and low-income Americans have health coverage today because of Obamacare. And millions more will get coverage soon if the law is allowed to keep working.

 

I’ll start by calling out Republicans as well as Democrats who support efforts to delay, defund, or roll back key parts of the law. I’ll also counter the Republicans’ misinformation campaign by petitioning media outlets to correct their false reports. I also suggest running ads on Facebook and in college newspapers to reach young people—who are so important to get registered for health insurance.

 

But the clock is ticking. If we don’t shift the momentum soon, it could be too late to save this law we fought so hard for. The 9 Democrats who are supporting the sabotage of ObamaCARES should be reminded on “NO”vember 4th, 2014. Remember them all when you vote in the mid terms.

 

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) 

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) 

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) 

Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) 

Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) 

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) 

Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) 

Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO)

 

Let these Democrats that are still pushing for a legislative fix that will derail ObamaCare know what you think of their sabotage of YOUR healthcare coverage.

 

 

“I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat.” —Will Rogers

 

I’m an ObamaCRAT

 

Thank you Governor Deval L. Patrick, for having a spine and a backbone and standing with President Of The United States Barack Hussein Obama, to insure 41 million uninsured Americans. Against the wishes of racist, greedy, self-serving, wealthy D.C. politicians OF BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES.

 

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When that day comes when it’s time for your run at The White House, and it will come, I will remember this brave, intelligent, logical, common sense and critical thinking letter you composed. You will definitely have MY vote.

 

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The 2013 57th Presidential Inaugural Committee’s Information & Updates


By Jueseppi B.

 

 

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First Lady Michelle Obama: Sign up to serve

 

 

 

 

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The 57th Presidential Inauguration Store

 

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Inauguration Weekend

 

 

 

Day of Service
Saturday, January 19th, 2013

President Obama will ask Americans across the country to organize and participate in service projects in their communities to honor our shared values and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On this day, President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President BidenDr. Jill Biden, and members of the President’s Cabinet will participate in service projects in the Washington, D.C. area.

 

 

Find out how you can serve your community. Sign up to get involved in this year’s National Day of Service.

 

 

 

Kids’ Inaugural: Our Children, Our Future
Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Through initiatives such as Let’s Move! and Joining Forces, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden have made America’s children and military families two of their most important priorities in the White House.

As part of their continued commitment, Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden will host a concert for America’s children and families as part of the 57th Presidential Inaugural, titled “Kids’ Inaugural: Our Children. Our Future.” It will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on January 19th, the Saturday evening before the inauguration, and will highlight support for military spouses and children, honoring and celebrating their service and sacrifice.

 

 

 

Official Swearing-in
Sunday, January 20th, 2013

President Obama will officially be sworn in on Sunday, January 20th, 2013 at noon in a ceremony officiated by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Surrounded by family, friends, and staff, the President will place his hand on the Robinson family bible, selected specifically for this occasion, and recite the 35-word presidential oath of office written in the constitution. Vice President Biden will be sworn in by Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor at the Naval Observatory and will use the Biden Family Bible.

 

 

 

Ceremonial Swearing-in
Monday, January 21st, 2013

On Monday, January 21st, at his ceremonial swearing-in at the United States Capitol, President Obama will place his hand on two bibles, one owned by President Lincoln, the other by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and recite the 35-word presidential oath of office written in the constitution. Vice President Biden will be sworn in using the Biden Family Bible.

This ceremonial swearing-in is open to the public and will take place on the West Front of the United States Capitol. The ceremony includes the Vice Presidential Oath of Office, the Presidential Oath of Office, the Inaugural Address, and notable musical performances.

 

 

 

Inaugural Luncheon
Monday, January 21st, 2013

Following the ceremonial swearing-in on at the west steps of the United States Capitol, President Obama, Vice President Biden and members of their families will attend an inaugural luncheon hosted by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. The Luncheon is an Inaugural tradition that dates back to President William McKinley’s first inauguration in 1897.

Approximately 200 guests will join the President, Vice President and members of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies at the luncheon, which will be held in the National Statuary Hall. A painting by Ferdinand Richard of Niagara Falls, selected by the Chairman of the Inaugural Committee, will serve as a backdrop for the head table. Music will be provided by the University of Rochester Eastman School of Music.

At the luncheon, the President and Vice President will be presented with official gifts from the Congress on behalf of the American people.

 

 

 

Inaugural Parade
Monday, January 21st, 2013

The Inaugural Parade includes participants representing each of the five branches of the Armed Services, all 50 states, and a variety of national groups—representing the best of American service and values. Led by the President, Vice President, and a traditional military Presidential escort, it will begin at the east front of the Capitol, then west on Constitution and Pennsylvania Avenues, followed by north on 15th Street and west on Pennsylvania Avenue past the Presidential Reviewing Stand. The President, Vice President, and their families, friends, and other guests then review the rest of the parade from the reviewing stand.

 

 

 

Inaugural Balls
Monday, January 21st, 2013

Americans from across the country have been invited to share in the inaugural celebration at The Inaugural Ball on January 21st, 2013, a unified celebration for all Americans that will span every hall of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The Presidential Inaugural Committee has made a limited number of tickets for The Inaugural Ball available online to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis. Unfortunately, due to overwhelming demand, tickets are no longer available.

Additionally, in keeping with the tradition started by President Bush in 2005, President Obama will honor the brave men and women of our country’s armed services and their families at the Commander-In-Chief’s Ball. Tickets to the Commander-In-Chief’s Ball are being provided free of charge to invited guests, who will include active duty and reserve service men and women, Medal of Honor recipients, and wounded warriors and their spouses, among others. Troops from around the world will also have the opportunity to join the celebration virtually.

 

 

 

National Prayer Service
Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

The morning after the ceremonial swearing-in, a National Prayer Service will be held at the Washington National Cathedral, continuing a tradition that began with President Washington in 1789 and was revived for President Roosevelt in 1933. The service will bring together a diverse group of dignitaries and Americans to celebrate the power of faith through prayer, readings and musical pieces. Attendance is by invitation only and tickets are required.

 

 

 

Inaugural Swearing-In

Tickets are not required to view the swearing-in ceremony from the National Mall. Ticketing information for the ceremonial swearing-in is handled by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC). Please visit their page at www.inaugural.senate.gov/2013/getting-tickets.

 

 

The ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m., but we recommend arriving as early as possible as both ticketed and non-ticketed areas are first-come, first-served.

 

 

Please be prepared to be outside for a long period of time and dress warmly. A limited amount of food and beverage vendors may be available, but attendees are encouraged to bring snacks and beverages in order to stay healthy and hydrated.

 

 

Ticketed attendees:

If you are attending the Swearing-In ceremony and have a ticket, please follow the instructions provided with your admission ticket. Entrance will only be granted at the gate indicated on your admission ticket.

 

To download a map of the ticketed area around the Capitol, please click here.

 

 

Non-ticketed attendees:

The non-ticketed area of the National Mall begins at 4th Street NW.

 

To download a map of the National Mall, including the public entry points, click here.

 

 

Security information:

All ticket holders will be required to pass through security screening.

 

The following items are prohibited: Firearms; ammunition; explosives, including fireworks; knives, blades and other sharp objects; mace and pepper spray; sticks or poles; pocket or hand tools; packages, backpacks, large bags, duffel bags and suitcases; aerosol sprays; thermoses and coolers; strollers; umbrellas; laser pointers; air horns; signs and posters; animals (other than service animals); portable chairs (other than those for disabled persons); alcoholic beverages; and any other items that may pose a threat to the security of the event as determined by ticket screeners.

 

During the inauguration, much of the National Mall and surrounding areas will be closed to vehicle traffic. You can get the latest on D.C. public transportation by visiting the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s website atwww.wmata.com or following @wmata on Twitter.

 

 

 

Inaugural Parade

Tickets to the parade are not required for entry, but will be required for bleacher seating. Additional information about how to acquire tickets is forthcoming.

 

Please be prepared to be outside for a long period of time and dress warmly. A limited amount of food and beverage vendors may be available, but attendees are encouraged to bring snacks and beverages in order to stay healthy and hydrated.

 

Guests are strongly advised to take public transportation rather than drive. Parking in Washington D.C. will be extremely limited and roads will be very congested. The following roads are closed to vehicle traffic:

 

The third street tunnel will be closed to pedestrians and vehicles.

 
The 12th street tunnel will be closed to pedestrians and vehicles.

 
Memorial Bridge is closed to vehicles.

 
All roads south of K Street NW between 11th Street and 23rd St.

 
All roads south of H Street NW between 11th Street and 3rd St.

 
All roads north of E Street NW between 3rd Street and 7th St.

 
All roads north Independence Avenue between 7th Street and 23rd St.

 

 

 

Ticketed attendees:

For those who already have tickets, you can find maps and additional information on entry points based on your ticket color below:

 

ORANGE TICKETS

 

 

BLUE TICKETS

 

 

RED TICKETS

 

 

GREEN TICKETS

 

 

GRAY TICKETS

 

 

YELLOW TICKETS

 

 

Non-ticketed attendees:

Tickets are not required to view the parade. Public entry points will open at 6:30 a.m. on Monday, January 21st, 2013, and will remain open until the parade route can no longer accommodate additional people.

 

To download a map of the parade route, including the public entry points, click here.

 

 

Security:

All attendees, including general public and ticketed guests, are subject to a thorough security screening before entering the inaugural parade route.

 

The following items are prohibited and will not be allowed through any security checkpoints: aerosols, animals (guide dogs will be allowed), backpacks, bags larger than 6” x 4” x 8”, balloons, bicycles, coolers, glass or thermal containers, horns, laser pointers, mace/pepper spray, packages, structures, sign supports, weapons, and any additional items deemed a safety hazard by security.

 

Signs and placards must be made only of cardboard, poster board or cloth and have dimensions no greater than three feet in width, 20 feet in length and one-quarter inch in thickness. Surrendered items will not be returned, nor available for pick-up.

 

During the inauguration, much of the National Mall and surrounding areas will be closed to vehicle traffic. You can get the latest on D.C. public transportation by visiting the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s website atwww.wmata.com or by following @wmata on Twitter.

 

 

 

Resources & Additional Information

 

For more information on D.C. area road closures and other security information, please visit the United States Secret Service inauguration updates page:www.secretservice.gov/presidential_inaugural.shtml

 

You can get the latest on D.C. public transportation by visiting the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s website at www.wmata.com or by following @wmata on Twitter.

 

The city of Washington D.C. has an online Presidential Inauguration 2013 hub, which contains information on the D.C. area and public inauguration events:inauguration.dc.gov

 

Information will be available prior to and during Inauguration Day on social media sites such as Twitter. To see Inauguration related material, please use #inaug2013. Some of the Twitter sites being used to communicate information from the Inaugural public safety and security partners include:

 

Presidential Inaugural Committee 2013 - @obamainaugural

 
District Department of Transportation - @ddotdc

 
Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies - @jccic2013

 
Joint Task Force-National Capital Region - @JTFNCR

 
National Terrorism Advisory System - @NTASAlerts

 
Office of the D.C. Mayor - @MayorVinceGray

 
Secret Service - @SecretService

 
U.S. Department of Homeland Security - @DHSgov

 
WMATA - @metroinaug

 

 

 

About the Inauguration

 

The 57th Presidential Inauguration will kick off with a National Day of Service, a tradition started by the Obama’s at the President’s first inauguration in 2009. President Obama will ask Americans across the country to organize and participate in service projects in their communities on Saturday, January 19th to honor our shared values and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On this day, President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, and members of the President’s Cabinet will participate in service projects in the Washington, D.C. area.

 

If you plan on attending any of the public events, please be prepared to be outside for a long period of time and dress warmly. A limited amount of food and beverage vendors may be available, but attendees are encouraged to bring snacks and beverages in order to stay healthy and hydrated.

 

The following items are prohibited and will not be allowed through any security checkpoints: aerosols, animals (guide dogs will be allowed), backpacks, bags larger than 6” x 4” x 8”, balloons, bicycles, coolers, glass or thermal containers, horns, laser pointers, mace/pepper spray, packages, structures, sign supports, weapons, and any additional items deemed a safety hazard by security.

 

During the inauguration, much of the National Mall and surrounding areas will be closed to vehicle traffic. You can get the latest on D.C. public transportation by visiting the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s website at www.wmata.com or by following@wmata on Twitter.

 

 

 

Schedule of Events

 

Inauguration weekend kicks off with a national day of service and will include events from the President and Vice President’s official swearing-in ceremony to inaugural balls and parades. More details about official inauguration events will be announced very soon—stay tuned.

 

 

Saturday, January 19th

National Day of Service

 

 

Sunday, January 20th

Official swearing-in event

 

 

Monday, January 21st

Ceremonial swearing-in event

 

 

Ticketing information for the ceremonial swearing-in is handled by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC). Please visit their page atwww.inaugural.senate.gov/2013/getting-tickets.

 

Please note that viewing the ceremonial swearing-in from the National Mall does not require tickets. The non-ticketed area of the National Mall begins at 4TH Street NW.

 

 

Inaugural parade

Tickets to the parade are not required for entry, but will be required for bleacher seating. Additional information about how to acquire tickets are forthcoming. Public access points to the parade are available between 4th Street and 14th Street.

 

For a list of parade participants, please visit www.2013pic.org/about/parade

 

 

Inaugural balls

Americans from across the country have been invited to share in the inaugural celebration at The Inaugural Ball on January 21, 2013, a unified celebration for all Americans that will span every hall of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The Presidential Inaugural Committee has made a limited number of tickets for The Inaugural Ball available online to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis. Unfortunately, due to overwhelming demand, tickets are no longer available. To learn more about how you can get involved in other Inauguration weekend events, visit: action.2013pic.org/The-Inauguration.

 

Additionally, in keeping with the tradition started by President Bush in 2005, President Obama will honor the brave men and women of our country’s armed services and their families at the Commander-In-Chief’s Ball. Tickets to the Commander-In-Chief’s Ball are being provided free of charge to invited guests, who will include active duty and reserve service men and women, Medal of Honor recipients, and wounded warriors and their spouses, among others. Troops from around the world will also have the opportunity to join the celebration virtually.

 

 

 

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Sunday’s Potpourri: President Karzai, Guns & Some Inauguration Stuff


By Jueseppi B.

 

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p011113ps-0623President Barack Obama and Ambassador Capricia MarshallChief of Protocol, wave to President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan as he departs from the North Portico of the White House, Jan. 11, 2013.(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza).

 

 

 

January 11, 2013

Joint Press Conference by President Obama and President Karzai

 

 

January 11, 2013

Joint Statement by President Obama and President Karzai

 

 

 

 

NRA president says Congress will not pass weapons ban

 
EILEEN SULLIVAN , The Associated Press | January 13, 2013

 

 
 
 
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BOSSIER CITY,LA-SEPTEMBER 11: A Glock 9mm pistol, legal to own under present guns laws, is displayed with 2 different capacity bullet clips at Shooters USA target range on September 11, 2004 in Bossier City, Louisiana. The top clip holds a total of 10 bullets currently legal, the bottom clip 18 bullets, is only legal for law enforcement officers. When the Assault Weapons Ban expires at midnight Monday September 13 the 18 round high capacity magazine will be legal to purchase. (Photo by Mario Villafuerte/Getty Images) 
 
 
 
 
 

WASHINGTON – The National Rifle Association president says Congress is not likely to pass a new ban on assault weapons.

 

David Keene tells CNN’s “State of the Union” that right now the powerful gun lobby has the support in Congress to block a new assault weapons ban, but he’s not discounting any proposal backed by the full power of the White House.

 

Senior members of Congress have pledged to ban assault weapons and limit the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines like the one used to kill 27 people, most of them children, in Newtown, Conn., last month.

 

Vice President Joe Biden is expected to send a comprehensive package of recommendations for curbing gun violence to President Barack Obama on Tuesday, including universal background checks and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

 
 
 

 

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Gen. Colin Powell On Racism In The GOP (Grand Obstructionist Party)

 

 

 

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

January 12, 2013

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Debt Limit

 

 

 

 

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INAUGURATION STYLE GUIDE

 

 

To help with spelling and usage of the terms for the Jan. 21 inauguration of President Barack Obama, the AP compiled a style guide of essential words, phrases and definitions.

 

 

President Barack Obama 
Democrat and former Illinois senator starting his second term as 44th president. 

 
  
Vice President Joe Biden
Democrat and former Delaware senator starting his second term. 

 
  
presidential oath of office
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” 

 
  
private swearing-in
Jan. 20 at White House to comply with automatic start of second term under 20th Amendment to the Constitution. 

 
  
public swearing-in
Ceremony at noon, Jan. 21, on the west front of the Capitol. 

 

Lincoln Bible
Published in 1853 and used by President Abraham Lincoln at his inauguration. President Obama used it for his first swearing-in and is likely to use it again. 

 
  
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts
Administers the oath of office. He mixed up the words four years ago at the public ceremony, requiring a do-over in private. 

 

Inauguration Day
Capitalize only when referring to the collection of events that include inauguration of a U.S. president; lowercase in other uses: Inauguration Day is Jan. 21. This is the 57th inauguration. The shorthand term I-Day is used by some planners. AP avoids it except in direct quotes.  

 

inaugural
Lowercase adjective for all ceremonies marking the president’s new term and as a noun for the address given by the president at his swearing-in. 

 

inaugural address
Obama will stand on the Capitol steps to deliver a speech that will serve as both a state of the union report as well as his vision for a second term. He also will do a traditional State of the Union speech in the weeks after the inauguration, likely in February. 

 

inaugural balls
There are two official inaugural balls Jan. 21, including the Commander In Chief ball, by invitation only. Other organizations sell tickets for unofficial balls and parties. 

 
  
inaugural luncheon
Members of Congress toast the president at a luncheon held at National Statuary Hall in the Capitol following the swearing-in ceremony. 

 

 

inaugural parade
After his inaugural address and the luncheon, Obama will take part in a national processional along Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House, where  he will watch the inaugural parade from a secure area. 

 

inaugural platform
The stadium-style stage erected for the inauguration on the west front of the Capitol. It has more than 1,600 seats for members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, governors, foreign ambassadors,  military leaders, Cabinet members, former presidents and the families of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. 

 

inauguration tickets
Free tickets issued by congressional offices for 250,000 people to attend in front of the Capitol. Thousands of others are expected to watch on giant TV screens at the National Mall. 

 

“Faith in America’s Future” 
The inauguration theme commemorating the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Capitol Dome during the Civil War. 

 
  
Capitol Building
Domed home of the U.S. House and Senate. 

 

Capitol Hill
Site of Capitol Building, nicknamed the hill. 
Pennsylvania Avenue
The thoroughfare from the Capitol to the White House, route of the inauguration procession and parade. 

 
  
St. John’s Episcopal Church
Located across Lafayette Park from the White House where the president traditionally begins official appearances of Inauguration Day with a morning worship service. 

 
  
Presidential Inaugural Committee
Organizes parade, balls and other official celebrations. Co-chairmen are Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Staffed by Obama’s presidential campaign advisers. Contributions to pay for the events are accepted only from U.S. citizens and U.S. corporations, but not lobbyists or political action committees. 

 
  
Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies
Plans the inauguration ceremony and hosts inaugural luncheon. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is chairman. 

 
    
Joint Task Force – National Capital Region
Combined command of U.S. armed forces supporting the inaugural. More than 13,000 active duty and reserve troops are involved in the 57th inaugural for parade marching and color guards, traffic and crowd control and medical assistance. 

 
  
National Day of Service
President Obama has asked Americans to kick off the inaugural weekend Saturday, Jan. 19, by volunteering for community service projects  to celebrate unity and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

 
  
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Annual federal holiday observed on the third Monday of January, coinciding with Inauguration Day. 

 
  
Public School 22 Chorus
Fifth-grade musical group from Public School 22 in the New York City borough of Staten Island scheduled to sing at the inaugural prelude at the Capitol. 

 

Lee Festival Choir
Student choir from Lee University in Tennessee scheduled to perform during the inaugural prelude. 

 
  
Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
Grammy Award-winning church singing group scheduled to perform during the inaugural program. 

 
  
Eastman Quartet
Student musicians from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., scheduled to perform during the inaugural lunch.

 

 

 

 

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