Archive for June, 2015

30
Jun
15

Chat On

They’re fabulous 🙂

30
Jun
15

Biggest Drop In Uninsured Rates?! Thanks, ObamaCare

obamacare-awesome

****

Sarah Kliff: Under Obamacare, America’s Uninsured Rate Has Fallen 35 Percent

14.1 million Americans have gained health plans since Obamacare’s coverage expansion began in 2014.
An additional 2.3 million young adults gained coverage between 2010 and 2013 — after Obamacare began requiring employer plans to offer dependent coverage through age 26. Federal officials say this is the largest drop in the uninsured rate since 1965, when Medicare and Medicaid began.

A new report from Health and Human Services finds that the uninsured rate has fallen from 20.3 percent prior to the health-care law down to 13.2 percent at the start of 2015. This is a 7.1 percentage-point decrease in the uninsured rate — or, to put it another way, a 35-percent decline in the number of Americans who lack insurance coverage. “Nothing since the implementation of Medicare and Medicaid has come close to this kind of change,” says Richard Frank, assistant secretary for evaluation and planning at Health and Human Services.

More here

****

****

****

****

30
Jun
15

President Barack Obama: A Champion For Workers

Chicago Sun Times Obama

****

President Barack Obama: A Hard Day’s Work Deserves A Fair Day’s Pay

It’s been a good few days for America. On Thursday, the Supreme Court reaffirmed the Affordable Care Act. It is here to stay. And, Democrats and Republicans in Congress paved the way for the United States to rewrite the rules of global trade to benefit American workers and American businesses. On Friday, the Court recognized the Constitutional guarantee of marriage equality. With that ruling, our union became a little more perfect — a place where more people are treated equally, no matter who they are or who they love. These steps build upon America’s steady progress in recent years. Out of the depths of recession, we’ve emerged ready to write our own future. Our businesses have created 12.6 million new jobs over the past 63 months — the longest streak on record. More than 16 million Americans have gained health insurance. More kids are graduating from high school and college than ever before. But more work lies ahead, if we are to succeed in making sure this recovery reaches all hardworking Americans and their families.

We’ve got to keep making sure hard work is rewarded. Right now, too many Americans are working long days for less pay than they deserve. That’s partly because we’ve failed to update overtime regulations for years — and an exemption meant for highly paid, white collar employees now leaves out workers making as little as $23,660 a year — no matter how many hours they work. This week, I’ll head to Wisconsin to discuss my plan to extend overtime protections to nearly 5 million workers in 2016, covering all salaried workers making up to about $50,400 next year. That’s good for workers who want fair pay, and it’s good for business owners who are already paying their employees what they deserve — since those who are doing right by their employees are undercut by competitors who aren’t. That’s how America should do business. In this country, a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.

More here

****

BqS2LOzIAAAuDHF.jpg-large

****

Mike Dorning: Obama Plans To Expand Overtime Eligibility For Millions

The Obama administration plans to raise the wages of millions of Americans who work more than 40 hours a week by requiring their employers to pay them overtime. Workers who earn as much as $970 a week would have to be paid overtime even if they’re classified as a manager or professional, based on draft rules to be announced as soon as Tuesday, said an administration official. Many employees now receiving as little as $455 a week, or $23,660 a year — below the federal poverty line for a family of four — aren’t entitled to overtime pay because they are classified as managers exempt from overtime pay. The regulations, from the Labor Department, would take effect in 2016, said the official, who asked for anonymity because the plan hasn’t been announced. Workers in retail stores and restaurants are among most likely to be affected.

“You would be hard pressed to find a rule change or an executive order that would reach more middle class workers than this one,” said Jared Bernstein, a former economic adviser to Vice President Joe Biden who is now a senior fellow at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. The median U.S. household income of $54,600 in April was $1,600 short of the amount at the start of the recession in December 2007, according to inflation-adjusted estimates from Sentier Research. Ross Eisenbrey, vice president of the Economic Policy Institute, a research group partly funded by labor unions, has estimated that the higher salary threshold would expand overtime to as many as 15 million additional workers.

More here

****

****

****

30
Jun
15

Coming Up

****

****

30
Jun
15

Early Bird Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are reflected in the mirror as they talk in the Outer Oval Office, June 30, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

****

Today

12:05: The President holds a joint press conference with President Rousseff of Brazil

1:0: The First Lady delivers remarks to students and educators (Reach Higher)

****

On This Day: President Obama talks backstage with Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett before a reception at the Hyatt at the Bellevue in Philadelphia, Pa., June 30, 2011 ( Photo by Pete Souza)

****

MoooOOOooorning!

29
Jun
15

The President And First Lady’s Day

Barack+Obama+Obama+Signs+Trade+Public+Employee+ggYyJLPd6WQl

President Barack Obama, surrounded by Cabinet officials and members of Congress, signs a series of bills during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. Included in the bills signed is the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015

****

****

President Barack Obama's signature is seen on H.R. 1295 Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, Monday, June 29, 2015, in the East Room of the White Hous in Washington. The president signed into law two hard-fought bills giving him greater authority to negotiate international trade deals and providing aid to workers whose jobs are displaced by such pacts (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama’s signature is seen on H.R. 1295 Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015. The president signed into law two hard-fought bills giving him greater authority to negotiate international trade deals and providing aid to workers whose jobs are displaced by such pacts

President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 29, 2015, before signing H.R. 2146 Defending Public Safety Employees Retirement Act and H.R. 1295 Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015. The president signed into law two hard-fought bills giving him greater authority to negotiate international trade deals and providing aid to workers whose jobs are displaced by such pacts (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Barack+Obama+Obama+Signs+Trade+Public+Employee+ee77nZnRLnml

****

****

Law makers and cabinet officials applaud President Barack Obama after he signed H.R. 2146 Defending Public Safety Employees Retirement Act and H.R. 1295 Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, Monday, June 29, 2015, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The president signed into law two hard-fought bills giving him greater authority to negotiate international trade deals and providing aid to workers whose jobs are displaced by such pacts. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker is at right.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Surrounded by Cabinet officials and members of Congress, President Barack Obama applauds after signing H.R. 2146 Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act and H.R. 1295 Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 , Monday, June 29, 2015, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. From left are, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, Rep. John Delaney, D- Md., Rep. David Reichert, R-Wash., Sen.. Chris Coons, D-Del., Rep. Ron Kind, D- Wis., Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va., Rep. Donald Beyer, D-Va., Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Surrounded by Cabinet officials and members of Congress, President Barack Obama signs H.R. 2146 Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act and H.R. 1295 Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 29, 2015. The president signed into law two hard-fought bills giving him greater authority to negotiate international trade deals and providing aid to workers whose jobs are displaced by such pacts (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama smiles after signing ceremony for H.R. 2146 Defending Public Safety Employees Retirement Act and H.R. 1295 Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, Monday, June 29, 2015, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The president signed into law two hard-fought bills giving him greater authority to negotiate international trade deals and providing aid to workers whose jobs are displaced by such pacts. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

****

****

U.S. President Barack Obama greets attendees in the crowd after signing House Resolution 2146, the "Defending Public Safety Employees' Retirement Act and Trade Preference Extension Act of 2015,"  during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington June 29, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Barack+Obama+President+Brazil+Dilma+Rousseff+taEz4Hfo5D0l

Barack+Obama+President+Brazil+Dilma+Rousseff+eKAibo7josWl

President Barack Obama and President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff  visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

Michelle+Obama+2015+MORE+Impact+Awards+Luncheon+nmE2c_tcEOLx

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at 2015 MORE Impact Awards Luncheon at The Newseum

****

Video Here

****

****

Michelle+Obama+2015+MORE+Impact+Awards+Luncheon+D1SRj17MJE0l

Michelle+Obama+2015+MORE+Impact+Awards+Luncheon+FchCwOG5hdLl

Actress Robin Wright

Michelle+Obama+2015+MORE+Impact+Awards+Luncheon+3rHSwHjLx7gl

Michelle+Obama+2015+MORE+Impact+Awards+Luncheon+imFDMsfKbaDl

Michelle+Obama+2015+MORE+Impact+Awards+Luncheon+JRZ2jylIb3Ul

Michelle+Obama+2015+MORE+Impact+Awards+Luncheon+K0VFP1SMQvTl

Michelle+Obama+2015+MORE+Impact+Awards+Luncheon+Db-u24hZSI6l

29
Jun
15

Chat Away

On This Day: President Barack Obama and President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

29
Jun
15

What Did SCOTUS Do Today?

****

****

Truly shows the pettiness and privilege of Fisher. She was not qualified, but because she’s white, the heavens must always grant her everything. At the end of the day, more whites benefited but she’s butthurt because 5 Black and Latino students were granted admission. The privilege is disgusting

****

****

****

****

****

****

****

****

****

Trust and believe President Obama is not going to be waiting years to fix this BS from the SCOTUS

****

Emily Atkin: BREAKING: The Supreme Court Will Allow Coal Plants To Emit Unlimited Mercury

Power plants will continue to able to emit unlimited mercury, arsenic, and other pollutants thanks to the Supreme Court, which on Monday invalidated the first-ever U.S. regulations to limit toxic heavy metal pollution from coal and oil-fired plants. In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court struck down the Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxic Standards, commonly referred to as MATS. The EPA had been trying to implement a rule that cut down on toxic mercury pollution for more than two decades. But the Supreme Court majority opinion, written by Justice Antonin Scalia, said the EPA acted unlawfully when it failed to consider how much the regulation would cost the power industry before deciding to craft the rule.

“EPA must consider cost — including cost of compliance — before deciding whether regulation is appropriate and necessary,” the opinion reads. “It will be up to the [EPA] to decide (as always, within the limits of reasonable interpretation) how to account for cost.” The decision doesn’t mean power plants will never be subject to regulations on toxic air pollutants. Instead, it means the EPA will have to go back to the drawing board, and find some mechanism to consider how much it will cost the power industry. Until another version of MATS is approved — a process that often takes years — power plants will have no limits on their emissions of mercury, arsenic, chromium, and other toxins. In other words, the rule is effectively delayed.

More here

****

29
Jun
15

Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama looks out the window from the cell where Nelson Mandela, an anti-apartheid legend, was once jailed on Robben Island, on June 30, 2013

****

Today (all times Eastern)

2:05: President Obama Signs the Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act & the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015

6:0: Hosts a working dinner with President Rousseff of Brazil

****

Our beauuuuuuuuuuutiful westie TODers (and LL)!!!!

****

On This Day

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama in the Green Room prior to the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Month reception in the East Room of the White House, June 29, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

****

President Barack Obama listens to former prisoner Ahmed Kathrada as he stands in former South African President Nelson Mandela’s cell during a tour of Robben Island Prison on Robben Island in Cape Town, South Africa, June 30, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and First lady Michelle Obama tour the cell block on Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was held captive near Cape Town, June 30, 2013

President Obama greets Archbishop Desmond Tutu as he arrives at the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Centre in Cape Town, South Africa, June 30, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their family tour a limestone quarry where prisoners would work at Robben Island outside Cape Town, South Africa, on June 30, 2013

****

Morning everyone!

29
Jun
15

Early Bird Chat

On This Day – Pete Souza: “A quiet moment inside Nelson Mandela’s former prison cell as the President embraced Sasha while the Obama family was listening to Ahmed Kathrada recount his years spent imprisoned here on Robben Island in Cape Town, South Africa. Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years, initially in this prison cell. Kathrada was imprisoned at Robben Island for 18 years.” June 30, 2013

****

MoooOOOooorning!




@POTUS

@BarackObama

@WhiteHouse

@FLOTUS

@MichelleObama

@PeteSouza

Enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts by email.

@TheObamaDiary

@NerdyWonka

RSS Obama White House.gov

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS WH Tumblr

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS Steve Benen

  • President Biden's approval numbers at 63 percent in new polling
  • Fashion CEO details being victim of anti-Asian attack in NYC
  • 'DBT for Dummies' offers insights on Dialectical behavioral therapy
  • Republicans using election security as a sword, says former CISA director
  • 'Crime of the Century' traces origins of the opioid epidemic

Categories

Archives

Blog Stats

  • 42,997,416 hits

WH Flickr