Following the closing of the first open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act, the President delivers remarks in the Rose Garden, announcing that 7.1 million Americans have now signed up for private health coverage. April 1, 2014.
"It's pretty special," said second baseman Dustin Pedroia. "That's the goal every year -- to go to the White House the next season. It's going to be fun to take it all in. It's an exciting time."
After their visit to the White House, the team will stop at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to spend time with veterans who have been injured in the war.
"Experiencing that back in spring training of '08, it's a powerful moment, or a powerful amount of time that you spend there," Farrell said. "You see the sacrifice that so many have made. You see the work that not only technology but the human spirit can bring back. It's moving, I'll tell you that, given the hardships and challenges individual soldiers overcome."
The First Lady Speaks to leaders in postsecondary education at The Event on College Opportunity. This event is dedicated to launching a plan of action for increasing college opportunity for low-income and disadvantaged students. January 16, 2014.
First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to sophomore class at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, D.C. and addresses the importance of higher education and her hopes for them as college graduates in 2020.
President awards William Swenson, a former active duty Army Captain, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Captain Swenson received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as an Embedded Trainer and Mentor of the Afghan National Security Forces with Afghan Border Police Mentor Team, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, during combat operations in Kunar Province, Afghanistan on September 8, 2009.
Gingrich said if Obamacare is harmful to the country, why would any Republican fund it? He sees it as a constitutional issue. Ingraham said another course would be a full delay and then a repeal which would have the Democrats own the issue. Gingrich said politicians get too clever too often and that things should be changed decisively. He sees it as a dynamic process and that the GOP should go full bore on defunding.
Ingraham compared the situation to immigration and Gingrich said the House would follow the Goodlatte approach, breaking the steps down.
Gingrich said Chris Christie is a very strong governor of New Jersey, but the GOP needs a strong debate on foreign policy. He cited the disruption al-Qaeda has created in the Muslim world. He said he's a hawk and was for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, but that the execution was horrible. He said the establishment will get more hysterical as Rand Paul and Ted Cruz ask important questions.
Biggs said the US has a big labor market, but that not every group competes equally. Lower educated workers tend to get hurt the worst as a flood of immigrants take jobs from this group, even as it helps the wealthier. He and Ingraham also stated that immigrants take more benefits than they add to the economy. Ingraham noted the irony that President Obama is decrying income inequality while looking to contribute to it by flooding the market with more workers which will depress wages and job prospects.
Laura Ingraham hosted Mario Rafael Diaz-Balart, 26th District of Florida.
Diaz-Balart said the House is coming up with legislation that protects the border, to know the people who are here and who have left, to help our economy and to deal with the people that are still here. He said basic principles must be addressed.
Ingraham pointed out that there are so many other issues that need to be addressed and that immigration reform isn't a priority. Diaz-Balart said that every legislation isn't perfect and that we should determine as a nation who should be here. Ingraham responded that Obama can and will use executive orders to sabotage any border security enforcement.
Diaz-Balart said the challenge is to come up with a way to force President Obama's hand to enforce immigration legislation.
Diaz-Balart said it is ironic that Stevie Wonder and Jay-Z will boycott Florida over the Zimmerman verdict and "Stand your ground" laws, but will travel to Cuba, a total dictatorship.
Laura Ingraham hosted Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), chairman of the House-Senate Joint Economic Committee,
Brady said Speaker Boehner is not looking to the Senate immigration bill for guidance and that the results will depend on how strong and united the House is whether the two bodies go to conference or not. Ingraham asked what purpose there would be in going to conference. Brady replied that there isn't a lot of good faith between the House and Senate and that the House will stand up on principle. Ingraham pointed out that immigration isn't a top issue among Americans and that the immigration bill will depress wages and jobs. Brady said his constituents are concerned about border security and that immigrants should come through the front door. He feels we will need more people to fill jobs and Ingrhaam countered that we have millions of Americans without jobs or who are underemployed.
Brady is working on defunding Obamacare and agrees with Ingraham that this is a winning issue.
'The United States spends the most per capita on health care across all countries, lacks universal health coverage, and lags behind other high-income countries for life expectancy and many other health outcome measures,' wrote the authors of the new report, published July 10th in JAMA.
'High costs with mediocre population health outcomes at the national level are compounded by marked disparities across communities, socioeconomic groups, and race and ethnicity groups,' added the authors, led by Dr. Christopher J.L. Murray, a professor of Global Health at the University of Washington and Institute Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME).
First Lady Michelle Obama has already pounced on the results:
It is one of three new papers by the institute being released simultaneously at the request of first lady Michelle Obama, who plans to present the findings to mayors of U.S. cities in an invitation-only event at the White House as part of her campaign to improve the nation's health.
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Barletta said Congress is the cause of our immigration problems as well as the White House becuase laws aren't enforced that are on the books. He said when immigration is spoken of, it is always about Latinos. He said the GOP did worse after the first immigration reform. He noted that his district is heavily Hispanic and despite his tough stance on illegal immigration, he got elected to Congress. He slammed the emphasis on the plight of the illegal immigrants over those 20 million unemployed and under employed Americans. He and Ingraham stated that Americans are having their wages depressed and jobs lost due to these immigration reform efforts. He said whenever one hears the words "path to citizenship", it is totally about politics.
Barletta said he will tell House leadership that border security will help the American people and that there must be honesty on how this bill will harm the American worker. He is not sure if the House will put forth a bill.
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The company, Serco, has extensive experience as a government contractor with the Defense Department and intelligence agencies, and it also manages air traffic control towers in 11 states and reviews visa applications for the State Department. But it has little experience with the Department of Health and Human Services or the insurance marketplaces, known as exchanges, where individuals and small businesses are supposed to be able to shop for insurance.
Serco will help the Obama administration and states determine who is eligible for insurance subsidies, in the form of tax credits, and who might qualify for Medicaid. Tasks include “intake, routing, review and troubleshooting of applications,” according to the contract.