Posts Tagged ‘bills

30
Jun
16

The President’s Day In Washington And The First Lady’s Day In Madrid

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 30: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks before signing a rescue package bill for Puerto Rico which is facing more than $70 billion in debt, in the Oval Office at the White House June 30, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks before signing the Freedom of Information (FOIA) Improvement Act of 2016 and the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act, into law in the Oval Office of the White House on June 30, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks before signing two bills, S. 2328: Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act and S. 337: FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, June 30, 2016. Obama signed the bipartisan legislation that creates a financial control board to help restructure Puerto Ricos $70 billion in debt and oversee the islands finances, marking the largest federal intervention ever into the U.S. municipal bond market. Photographer: T.J. Kirkpatrick/Bloomberg via Getty Images

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 30: U.S.President Barack Obama holds a pen before signing a rescue package bill for Puerto Rico which is facing more than $70 billion in debt, in the Oval Office at the White House June 30, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 30: U.S.President Barack Obama signs a rescue package bill for Puerto Rico which is facing more than $70 billion in debt, in the Oval Office at the White House, June 30,2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 30: In this handout image provided by the Spanish Royal Palace, Queen Letizia of Spain and Michelle Obama are seen at Zarzuela Palace on June 30, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Casa de Su Majestad el Rey via Getty Images)

MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 30: In this handout image provided by the Spanish Royal Palace, Queen Letizia of Spain and Michelle Obama are seen at Zarzuela Palace on June 30, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Casa de Su Majestad el Rey via Getty Images)

First Lady Michelle Obama and Queen Letizia of Spain at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid, Spain.

MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 30: In this handout image provided by the Spanish Royal Palace, Queen Letizia of Spain and Michelle Obama are seen at Zarzuela Palace on June 30, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Casa de Su Majestad el Rey via Getty Images)

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MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 30: US First Lady Michelle Obama attends the presentation of "Let Girls Learn" at Matadero cultural center on June 30, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. In this initiative Michelle Obama shares the stories of girls she has met in her prior travels and highlights new commitments to support "Let Girls Learn". Mrs. Obama encourage the audience to value their own educational opportunities, continue to strive for progress for girls and young women in their country, and take action to help the more than 62 million girls around the world who are out of school. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

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MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 30: The US President Barrack Obama' s wife Michelle Obama makes presentation of a project named "Let Girls Learn" at Matadero Education Center in Madrid, Spain on June 30, 2016. (Photo by Burak Akbulut/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at the presentation of “Let Girls Learn” at Matadero cultural center in Madrid, Spain. In this initiative First Lady Michelle Obama shares the stories of girls she has met in her prior travels and highlights new commitments to support “Let Girls Learn”. She encouraged the audience to value their own educational opportunities, continue to strive for progress for girls and young women in their country, and take action to help the more than 62 million girls around the world who are out of school

MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 30: US First Lady Michelle Obama attends the presentation of "Let Girls Learn" at Matadero cultural center on June 30, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. In this initiative Michelle Obama shares the stories of girls she has met in her prior travels and highlights new commitments to support "Let Girls Learn". Mrs. Obama encourage the audience to value their own educational opportunities, continue to strive for progress for girls and young women in their country, and take action to help the more than 62 million girls around the world who are out of school. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

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MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 30: The US President Barrack Obama' s wife Michelle Obama makes presentation of a project named "Let Girls Learn" at Matadero Education Center in Madrid, Spain on June 30, 2016. (Photo by Burak Akbulut/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

US first lady Michelle Obama gestures as she delivers a speech presenting the "Let Girls Learn" initiative on June 29, 2016 in Madrid. US First Lady Michelle Obama began a two day visit to Spain by delivering a speech on the education initiative launched in March 2015 to help adolescent girls across the world access a quality education. / AFP / GERARD JULIEN (Photo credit should read GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 30: The US President Barrack Obama' s wife Michelle Obama (R) and Queen Letizia (L) of Spain make presentation of a project named "Let Girls Learn" at Matadero Education Center in Madrid, Spain on June 30, 2016. (Photo by Burak Akbulut/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 30: US First Lady Michelle Obama attends the 'Let Girls Learn' conference at Matadero de Madrid on June 30, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Fotonoticias/WireImage)

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US first lady Michelle Obama gestures as she delivers a speech presenting the "Let Girls Learn" initiative on June 29, 2016 in Madrid. US First Lady Michelle Obama began a two day visit to Spain by delivering a speech on the education initiative launched in March 2015 to help adolescent girls across the world access a quality education. / AFP / GERARD JULIEN (Photo credit should read GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images)

MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 30: The US President Barrack Obama' s wife Michelle Obama makes presentation of a project named "Let Girls Learn" at Matadero Education Center in Madrid, Spain on June 30, 2016. (Photo by Burak Akbulut/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

18
Jan
15

ObamaCare: Making History Every Day

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Tara Culp-Ressler: Obamacare Has Reversed A Negative Trend. Researchers Call It ‘Remarkable’

For the first time in a decade, the number of people struggling to pay their medical bills has started to decline, according to a new survey released on Thursday by the Commonwealth Fund. The researchers attributed the historic drop to the number of people gaining insurance under the health care reform law. Between 2012 and 2014 — as Obamacare’s main coverage expansion took effect — the Commonwealth researchers found that the number of people who had issues paying for health treatment dropped from 41 percent to 35 percent. Over the same time period, the people who skipped out on health services because they couldn’t afford them declined from 43 percent to 36 percent

In a press release, the researchers described the declines as “remarkable.” This marks the first time since 2005, when Commonwealth started surveying people on these questions, that the number of Americans struggling to afford medical care hasn’t increased. Commonwealth’s findings, which also documented a drop in the number of Americans going without insurance, track closely with other surveys that have reported declines in the uninsured rate under Obamacare. The number of Americans without health care was reduced by about 25 percent last year, which means that between eight million and eleven million people have gained coverage.

More here

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Margot Sanger-Katz: Signs of A Decline In Financial Distress Connected To Medical Bills

After rising for a decade, the number of Americans experiencing financial distress from their medical bills has started to decline, a new survey has found. The result provides new evidence that the Affordable Care Act, by providing uninsured people with health insurance, is also improving their financial security, a major goal of the law. The large telephone survey, from the New York-based health research group the Commonwealth Fund, has been asking people about their medical bills every few years for a decade. In each survey through 2012, a higher percentage of Americans said they struggled to pay their medical bills, were paying off medical debt or had been contacted by a collection agency.

The most recent installment of the survey, the first since the health law’s major provisions kicked in, shows a reversal in that trend. The survey also found that fewer people were avoiding doctors’ visits because of concerns about cost. But Commonwealth also found that, over all, even people who had insurance before 2014 were having fewer problems with medical bills than they were before. That change may reflect rules in the health law that require individual insurance plans to cover a minimum set of benefits for every customer.

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27
Sep
11

‘the reality of obamacare’ – an update from ross

You might remember an article posted here about 10 days, ‘Couple comes face to face with reality of ‘Obamacare’: After more than five weeks on a ventilator, Amy Ward is finally being weaned off it to breathe on her own. She no longer requires dialysis. But a near-fatal infection resulting from a freak accident has left her with a long road of rehab ahead.

In the time he’s spent at his wife’s bedside in a hospital critical care unit, her husband has been able to do a lot of thinking. Ross Daniels, on unpaid family medical leave from his IT job to tend to his wife, has had to face the real possibility that he would lose her, though she’s just 39….

… Daniels has also thought about what would have happened if portions of the new federal health care law had not been in place. His wife’s insurance had a million dollar lifetime cap on benefits. Her current expenses have already exceeded that. One medication costs $1,600 a dose. Without the protection against lifetime limits the new law provides, they would have had to declare bankruptcy.

…. by the time the next president is sworn in, enough people will have experienced the protections and benefits it offers that no elected official would risk his or her standing by rescinding it. That’s the value of first-hand experience, painful as it may be. It brings you closer to the truth than all the political platitudes in the world.

Full article here

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Ross very kindly left a comment under the original post (here), and he came back today with another message:

Thanks so much to all of you for your continued thoughts and prayers. They are are a great source of strength to both of us. Amy continues to get stronger every day and making great steps towards a full recovery.

I simply cannot believe the response that this article has received from so many people. It has helped restore my faith that, as Anne Frank said, people are generally good. This faith had been and continues to be shaken by the support the tea party continues to receive on this, and so many other issues.

What I hope people take away from this article though is not a sob story about what we have been through. Yes, it has been a living hell for me personally, but we are fortunate in that we have excellent insurance. We have the savings so that my leave is not an undue hardship and I will have a job to go back to when this is over. We are just the cautionary tale of”what could have been”. I hope people realize that this story applies to millions of people who are LESS fortunare than we are, as opposed to just about us.

Thanks again to all of you,

Ross

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Thank you Ross, wishing Amy a speedy return to full health, and wishing you both the happiest of futures. Thank you so much for sharing your story.

18
Sep
11

the reality of ‘obamacare’ (please send your best to ross in the comments)

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and senior staff, react in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, as the House passes the health care reform bill, March 21, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Des Moines Register: After more than five weeks on a ventilator, Amy Ward is finally being weaned off it to breathe on her own. She no longer requires dialysis. But a near-fatal infection resulting from a freak accident has left her with a long road of rehab ahead.

In the time he’s spent at his wife’s bedside in a hospital critical care unit, her husband has been able to do a lot of thinking. Ross Daniels, on unpaid family medical leave from his IT job to tend to his wife, has had to face the real possibility that he would lose her, though she’s just 39….

… Daniels has also thought about what would have happened if portions of the new federal health care law had not been in place. His wife’s insurance had a million dollar lifetime cap on benefits. Her current expenses have already exceeded that. One medication – a potent antifungal agent – costs $1,600 a dose. Without the protection against lifetime limits the new law provides, they would have had to declare bankruptcy.

That law, derisively dubbed “Obamacare” by the president’s opponents, has been portrayed as the essence of evil among Republican presidential candidates. At a tea party-sponsored debate this week, front-runners Rick Perry and Mitt Romney vowed to sign executive orders exempting states from enforcing it. Michele Bachmann bragged of working for its repeal in Congress.

Those attitudes confound Daniels, who says, “It is hard for us to believe that so many of the GOP candidates would have us go back to a time where an illness like this would have forced us, or any other family for that matter, into bankruptcy.” He’s also grateful for the law’s protection against insurance companies denying coverage for pre-existing conditions.

…. by the time the next president is sworn in, enough people will have experienced the protections and benefits it offers that no elected official would risk his or her standing by rescinding it. That’s the value of first-hand experience, painful as it may be. It brings you closer to the truth than all the political platitudes in the world.

Full article here

Thank you JER, this is a brilliant article – make sure you read it all everyone, and spread it far and wide😉

10
Sep
11

betrayal

Addicting Info: ….. On Thursday, the House passed a resolution which vows to “Never forget 9/11”. The resolution was introduced by Eric Cantor. There are some nice words in there. They ask us to remember the victims …. They also ask us to remember the war on terror and keep supporting the war on terror.

When I read about the resolution, I was outraged. For 10 years, politicians, especially Republican politicians, have held this country hostage. They have told us to live in fear of Muslims….

They use 9/11 to acquire and to hold power… They use 9/11 to propagate their neocon agenda…. They use 9/11 to distract us. While we’re worried about the brown person next door, they steal our livelihoods … They use 9/11 to pander to us…

In the meantime, first responders are getting sick from the toxins. Their medical bills are going unpaid. Some have died since, and their bodies are not counted with the first 3000. Their families, the same families Eric Cantor claims to honor, are being saddled with medical bills from their lost loved ones.

Just one day after passing Cantor’s resolution, he proposed massive cuts to first responders….

…. I have reached my boiling point when it comes to fear mongering, manipulation and empty lip service …. In our own way, each American is a victim of that day’s tragedy. All Americans have been held hostage for 10 years …. Anyone who truly believes that Cantor is helping the American people or the more direct victims of 9/11 is suffering from Stockholm syndrome.

Full post here

Thank you Ladyhawke

07
Jan
11

where’s the change?

WH: On Tuesday, the President signed a number of bills …. which help ensure Americans can enjoy clean air, safe drinking water, and healthy wildlife.

These bills will curb lead levels in water pipes, a major source of harmful lead exposure for children, and help address diesel engine pollution that is linked to serious health conditions like asthma and heart and lung disease.  They also hold the Federal Government accountable for the water pollution it contributes to American communities; encourage volunteer opportunities in National Wildlife Refuges; and help conserve vulnerable shark populations. These measures are just the beginning of what we can accomplish in 2011….

The President signed the following environmental bills into law:

  • H.R. 81, the “Shark Conservation Act of 2010 and International Fisheries Agreement Clarification Act,” which generally prohibits the removal of shark fins at sea and amends certain laws related to international fisheries;
  • H.R. 4973, the “National Wildlife Refuge Volunteer Improvement Act of 2010,” which reauthorizes and amends authorities relating to volunteer programs and community partnerships for national wildlife refuges;
  • H.R. 5809, the “Diesel Emissions Reduction Act of 2010,” which modifies and reauthorizes through FY 2016 the Environmental Protection Agency’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Program;
  • S. 3481, which clarifies the Federal Government’s responsibility to pay reasonable service charges to a State or local government to address stormwater pollution from Federal properties; and
  • S. 3874, the “Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act,” which modifies the Safe Drinking Water Act definition of “lead free” with regard to pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings, and fixtures

Meanwhile…

Ken Salazar (Secretary of the Interior): I am in Florida today to announce an exciting initiative to conserve working lands and wildlife habitat in the Everglades headwaters.

The Everglades rural working ranch landscapes are an important piece of our nation’s history and economy, and this initiative would work to ensure that they remain vital for our future.

The partnerships being formed would protect and improve water quality north of Lake Okeechobee and restore wetlands which are so vital to the entire Florida economy. The proposed conservation area and refuge would also protect important habitat for 88 federal and state listed species, including the Florida panther, Florida black bear, whooping crane, and Everglade snail kite.

The Fish and Wildlife Service, along with its partners, is conducting a thorough, preliminary study to establish a new National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area of approximately 150,000 acres of important environmental and cultural landscapes in the Kissimmee River Valley south of Orlando. The proposed area includes 50,000 acres for potential purchase, and an additional 100,000 acres that could be protected through conservation easements and cooperative agreements, keeping the land in private ownership.

05
Jan
11

all the president’s pens

March 2010: Why do presidents use so many pens to sign legislation? White House Staff Secretary Lisa Brown explains.

(Perry was wondering why so many pens are used to sign bills – this video provides the answer!)

04
Jan
11

that’s the trouble with holidays … when you get back there’s soooo much to do

With pen in hand, President Barack Obama sits at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office as Staff Secretary Lisa Brown organizes a stack of 35 bills for him to sign into law, Jan. 4, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Here’s the list of the 35 bills

04
Jan
11

it was a good day for this fella too

President Obama signed The Shark Conservation Act of 2010 – a bill passed by Congress that amends the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act and the Magnuson–Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to improve the conservation of sharks. More here

In case you didn’t see it in the comments, here’s a great link from Tally: SharkWater

The President signed 35 bills today, including:

That’s what you call a day of variety!

04
Jan
11

back behind the desk

President Barack Obama signs H.R. 2751, the “FDA Food Safety Modernization Act,” in the Oval Office, Jan. 4, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

White House: ….This historic legislation directs the Food and Drug Administration, working with a wide range of public and private partners, to build a new system of food safety oversight – one focused on applying, more comprehensively than ever, the best available science and good common sense to prevent the problems that can make people sick.

Read more about the Act here




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