Archive for April 13th, 2015

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Apr
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A Tweet Or Two

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Apr
15

Chat Away

Fantastic behind the scenes look from the amazing Pete Souza

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Apr
15

9 In 10 Adults Covered? Thanks, ObamaCare

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Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar: Survey: Nearly 9 In 10 US Adults Now Have Health Insurance

Underlining a change across the nation, nearly 9 out of 10 adults now say they have health insurance, according to an extensive survey released Monday. As recently as 2013, slightly more than 8 out of 10 had coverage. The Gallup-Healthways survey found that the share of adults who lack insurance dropped to 11.9 percent for the first three months of this year, the lowest level since that survey began its tracking in 2008. The latest update overlaps with the period when the health law’s second sign-up season was winding down. Coverage gains from 2014-2015 translate to about 3.6 million fewer adults uninsured since the fall, before open enrollment got under way, according to Gallup. “The Affordable Care Act had three major objectives: increase coverage, slow the rate of increase in costs, and improve health,” said Dan Witters, research director for the poll.

“The first one is clearly a win. Coverage is increasing; there is no question about it.” On balance, an estimated 14.75 million adults have gained coverage since the fall of 2013, when the law’s first open enrollment season was about to begin, according to Gallup. Hispanics saw the biggest coverage gains of any ethnic or racial group. The uninsured rate dropped 8.3 points among Latinos since the end of 2013. Recent gains in coverage have benefited people up and down the income ladder. But the most notable improvement has been among those making less than $36,000 a year, a group that traditionally struggled to get and keep health insurance. Their uninsured rate dropped 8.7 points since the end of 2013.

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13
Apr
15

Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama encourages a young participant at the White House Easter Egg Roll, April 13, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today

2:25 EDT: The President is interviewed by local news anchors participating in “Live from the White House”, Diplomatic Room

4:45 EDT: The President, with National Security Advisor Rice, attends a meeting with leaders of American Jewish organizations, Roosevelt Room

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by FoxFire

I managed to stay away from my computer for most of the day, which is good. It is going to be long time until 2016. A couple of thoughts.

First, I thought HRC’s rollout was much better this time around. She made it about the electorate rather than herself. In comparison to 2007, it was a huge improvement.

Second, this is HER rollout and I would not expect her to talk about PBO in that context. She is the candidate, and she deserves her time. She is going to be getting enough shit from the Rs, she doesn’t need it from us when it isn’t justified. And frankly I would be very surprised if she distanced herself too much from PBO, because we are out there and she and her campaign team know it.

Third, they need to work hard on getting their supporters under control, but we all know from experience you only have so much control over them. Hell, PBO can’t get Chuck Schumer under control! We can’t blame her for every idiotic thing they say or do, and we shouldn’t be surprised at pushback. Look how upset we get about digs at PBO, and there is no reason to think her supporters don’t feel the same.

Fourth, I sincerely hope some other candidates enter the race. She needs the challenge and the practice, and hopefully they will mover her to the left.

Fifth, I sincerely hope that with the number of O team members they have on staff they will follow the same procedures for getting out voters, registering new voters, etc that we all did for PBO.

Finally, I will not be pounding the pavement or phones for Hillary the way I did for PBO, but I will support her or whoever wins the nomination. There simply is too much at stake to run the risk of an R occupying the WH. We CANNOT let that happen, for PBO’s legacy if for no other reason.

That also means we can’t contribute to huge divides among the Ds or it will jeopardize D turnout. And I need think we need to use some of PBO’s empathy here. It is OK that her supporters feel about her the way we do about PBO, and we have to give them latitude for feeling that way. Hell, we need those supporters to get out to do the things so many of us did last time around. In the meantime, I am going to enjoy the rest of the days that I wake up with PBO as our president. He has much that he wants to accomplish yet, and I intend to enjoy every minute of it rather than worrying about Hillary:-)

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On This Day

President Obama cheers on a young child as she rolls her egg toward the finish line April 13, 2009, during the White House Easter Egg Roll (Photo by Pete Souza)

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First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden tour earthquake damage in Port Au-Prince, Haiti, along with Haitian President Rene Preval, and Elisabeth Delatour Preval, the First Lady of Haiti, April 13, 2010. The damaged presidential palace is seen in the background (Photo by Samantha Appleton

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President Obama meets with Goldman Environmental Prize winners in the Oval Office, April 13, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, seated far left, meet with staff aboard Bright Star during a flight from New River Marine Corps Air Station in North Carolina to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, April 13, 2011. The trip was to launch Joining Forces, a national initiative to support and honor America’s service members and their families (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden and Martha Stewart drop by Operation Shower, a celebration for pregnant women whose husbands are service members, at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, April 13, 2011. The event was part of the launch of Joining Forces, a national initiative to support and honor America’s service members and their families (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, and facility manager Judith Markelz, second left, greet volunteers preparing a meal at the Warrior and Family Support Center in San Antonio, Texas, April 13, 2011. The First Lady and Dr. Biden met with service members and their families during their visit to the facility, which helps care for family members of Wounded Warriors whose recovery is expected to last a long period of time (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

First Lady Michelle Obama greets Marines following her remarks to 3,000 Marines, soldiers, sailors, and military family members at Memorial Field House in Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 13, 2011. The event was part of the launch of Joining Forces, a national initiative to support and honor America’s service members and their families (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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President Obama talks with, from left: Dan Restrepo, Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs; U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk; and Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis aboard Air Force One while en route to Tampa, Fla., April 13, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Audience members embrace President Obama after he spoke at the Port of Tampa in Tampa, Fla., April 13, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama attends a Summit of the Americas Leaders’ Dinner at Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, Cartagena, Colombia, April 13, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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MoooOOOooorning!

13
Apr
15

Early Bird Chat

On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama greets children at Children’s Place in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, April 13, 2010 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

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MoooOOOooorning!




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