Posts Tagged ‘Clinton

21
Apr
14

Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are welcomed by school children at the SEED School in Washington, D.C., after signing of the Kennedy Service Act for National Service, April 21, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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 Today

10:40 AM EST: President Obama and the First Family attend the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll

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The President’s Schedule: April 21-29 here

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Live Streaming

(Streaming is over, videos removed – see later posts for all your Easter Egg Roll Needs!)

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On This Day

Senator Obama exchanges a glance with his wife Michelle during a rally at University of Pittsburgh, April 21, 2008

Sen. Obama waits for his turn to address his supporters at the Peterson Event Center in Pittsburgh on April 21, 2008, the eve of the Pennsylvania Primary election

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet guests in the Oval Office April 21, 2009, including former President Bill Clinton, U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, former first lady Rosalynn Carter, along with Vice President Joe Biden (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama meets with President Bill Clinton in the Oval Office, April 21, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are welcomed by school children at the SEED School in Washington, D.C., after signing of the Kennedy Service Act for National Service, April 21, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama hosts former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, Dr. Jill Biden and Maria Eitel, new CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, at the White House April 21, 2009 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

President Obama escorts King Abdullah of Jordan to his motorcade following a meeting in the Oval office at the White House, April 21, 2009

White House Deputy Director of Oval Office Operations Brian Mosteller attempts to protect his shoes as he plays with the Obama family dog “Bo” in the Cabinet Room at the White House April 21, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama shares a laugh with Sen. Edward Kennedy before signing the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act at the SEED Public Charter School on April 21, 2009

President Obama hands a pen used to sign the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act to Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-MA, at the SEED Public Charter School on April 21, 2009

President Obama and Senator Ted Kennedy walk on the grounds of the White House, before signing of the Kennedy Service Act at the SEED School in Washington D.C., April 21, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama participate in a tree planting event at the Kenilworth Aquatic Garden in Washington on April 21, 2009

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First Lady Michelle Obama exercises with students and Olympic athletes during a Let’s Move event at the River Terrace Elementary School in Washington, D.C., April 21, 2010 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

  President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet members of the U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey team in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, April 21, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama participates in a health care implementation meeting in the Oval Office, April 21, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama walks to the motorcade from Marine One after arriving at the Barrington Recreation Center landing zone in Los Angeles, Calif., April 21, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama poses with Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban with players from the NCAA national championship team on the South Lawn of the White House, April 19, 2012

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Happy Easter Monday everyone – I’m waaaay too lazy to do a newsie round-up, so just enjoy the Easter Egg Roll!

12
Nov
13

Silence Is Sometimes Golden

‘Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt’ ~ Abraham Lincoln

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Jonathan Cohn: Bill Clinton’s Obamacare Comments Are Wrong

in a new interview already getting attention and sure to get more, Clinton didn’t explain things very well. He made a statement that’s likely to create some misimpressions about the possibilities of health care reform, while giving the administration and its allies yet another political headache.

He said that some young people facing higher premiums under the new system should have the right to keep their old plans, even if it requires a change in the law. Clinton framed it carefully: He said specifically he had in mind only those young people whose incomes were higher than four times the poverty line, making them ineligible for subsidies. (That’s about $45,000 for a single adult.) But he also suggested it was a matter of principle, because those people had heard the vow that they could keep their plans: “I personally believe, even if it takes a change to the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got.”

Clinton’s statement makes it seem as if there is some simple way to let people keep their current plans—to avoid any disruption in the existing non-group market while still delivering the law’s benefits. As readers of this space know, no such magic solution exists.

Broadly speaking, the Affordable Care Act seeks to make two sets of changes to what’s called the “non-group” market. It establishes a minimum set of benefits, which means everything from covering “essential” services to eliminating annual or lifetime limits on payments. At the same time, the law prohibits insurers from discriminating among customers: They can’t charge higher prices, withhold benefits, or deny coverage altogether to people who represent medical risks. They have to take everybody, varying price only for age (within a three-to-one ratio) and for tobacco use.

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