Archive for January 5th, 2015

05
Jan
15

A Tweet Or Two

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Last year, America’s big cities continued the slow, but steady decline in murders. Though not at the breakneck pace we saw last year, the nation’s largest cities continued to witness steady declines in both total murders and murder rates in 2014. Data provided by police departments in the 10 cities with the highest number of murders in 2013 shows that six out of 10 saw a significant drops in both total murders and murder rates in 2014. Baltimore and Detroit led the pack with the sharpest declines over last year

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05
Jan
15

A Life Saved. Thanks, ObamaCare

ObamaCare Bumper Sticker

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Noam N. Levey: Obamacare’s Guaranteed Health Coverage Changes Lives In First Year

Like many working Americans, Lisa Gray thought she had good health insurance. That was until she was diagnosed with leukemia in mid-2013, and the self-employed businesswoman made a startling discovery: Her health plan didn’t cover the chemotherapy she needed. “I thought I was going to die,” Gray, 62, said recently, recalling her desperate scramble to get lifesaving drugs. it was a new health plan through the Affordable Care Act that Gray credits with saving her life. The plan, which started Jan. 1, 2014, gave her access to the recommended chemotherapy. Her cancer went into remission in the fall. It is now one year since the federal law began guaranteeing coverage to most Americans for the first time, even if they are sick.

For many Americans like Gray — who were stuck in plans that didn’t cover vital services or who couldn’t get insurance because of a preexisting medical condition — the law has had a personal, even life-changing impact. “A couple years earlier, I think I would have been done,” Gray said. But the insurance guarantee — which includes billions of dollars in aid to low- and middle-income Americans — has extended coverage to about 10 million people who previously had no insurance, surveys indicate. That cut the nation’s uninsured rate more than 20% last year, the largest drop in half a century. The law also changed coverage for millions more people who were in plans like Gray’s that capped or excluded benefits, a once-common feature of health insurance that is now banned.

More here

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05
Jan
15

Chat Away

05
Jan
15

Rise and Shine

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On This Day: President Obama talks with Vice President Biden in the Oval Office while National Security Advisor Tom Donilon and Counsel to the President Bob Bauer, right, confer in the Outer Oval Office, Jan. 5, 2011. (Photo bt Pete Souza)

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Today (all times Eastern)

12:30: The President has lunch with VP Biden

1:0: White House Press Briefing

2:30: The President meets with senior advisors

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The Week Ahead

Wednesday: President Obama travels to the Detroit area to discuss the comeback of the automotive industry and U.S. manufacturing in general

Thursday: The President visits Phoenix where housing will be the topic – he plans to “announce new steps to help more Americans achieve the American Dream of owning a home,” the White House says

Friday: The President, along with Vice President Biden and Jill Biden, travels to Tennessee to discuss new plans to help more Americans go to college and get the skills they need to succeed

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MoooOOOooorning!

05
Jan
15

Early Bird Chat

Leaving Hawaii yesterday

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MoooOOOooorning!




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