• Nurses and the Affordable Care Act
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    Nurses and the Affordable Care Act

    Dr. Wakefield: Thank you very much, Operator. I want to welcome all of you and thank you for joining the call today. I’m Doctor Mary Wakefield and I’m the administrator of the House Resources and Services Administration. That’s a division of the U.S. division of Health and Human Services and I’m also a nurse. And I am very, very excited to be joined today by the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. And to be speaking with all of you about the very important role that nurses can and are playing in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, which President Obama signed into law just over six…

  • Weekly Address: Time to Pass Bipartisan Legislation to Extend Emergency Unemployment Insurance
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    Weekly Address: Time to Pass Bipartisan Legislation to Extend Emergency Unemployment Insurance

    The President: Hi, everybody, and Happy New Year. This is a time when we look ahead to all the possibilities and opportunities of the year to come – when we resolve to better ourselves, and to better our relationships with one another. And today, I want to talk about one place that Washington should start – a place where we can make a real and powerful difference in the lives of many of our fellow Americans right now. Just a few days after Christmas, more than one million of our fellow Americans lost a vital economic lifeline – the temporary insurance that helps folks make ends meet while they look…

  • President Obama Signs Kids Tobacco Legislation
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    President Obama Signs Kids Tobacco Legislation

    The President: Please, everybody, have a seat — have a seat. I am thrilled to be here for what is I think an extraordinary accomplishment by this Congress, a bill we’re about to sign into law. I want to acknowledge a few of our special guests. First of all we’ve got the crew from the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids: Eamon, Christopher, Sarah, and Hoai-Nam. (applause) We have our FDA Commissioner, Dr. Peggy Hamburg. (applause) We have our CDC Director, Tom Frieden. (applause) And we have just some extraordinary members of Congress here on stage: Senator Dodd, Senator Durbin, Senator Enzi, Senator Harkin, Senator Lautenberg, Representative Waxman, Representative Dingell, Representative…

  • A critically important piece of legislation: ENDA
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    A critically important piece of legislation: ENDA

    Mr. Carney: Hi, we wanted to give you an update on an issue that I get asked about a lot in the White House briefing room. It’s called the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, and the Senate is discussing this important — critically important piece of legislation this week. The bill provides strong federal protections against discrimination, making it explicitly illegal to fire someone who is gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. It’s hard to believe, but only 17 states currently prohibit discrimination against LGBT Americans. As a result, millions of Americans across the country go to work every day afraid and fearful that they might lose their jobs just because of who…

  • Take On America with OZY – Nashville
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    Take On America with OZY – Nashville

    Right now we are living in a white privileged world. There’s no such thing as white privilege. There is a reason why there is separation of church and state. And I carry. It makes me feel safer. I know that he’s very crass, but I didn’t hire him to be my pastor. I hired him to fix the economy I don’t care about the tax code. I want people to have healthcare no matter what. I am particularly appalled by the systemic suppression of of minority voters. We’re the United States of America, and we’re in this together. Do the things that we can all agree on. Find this common…

  • The Affordable Care Act & The Patient’s Bill of Rights
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    The Affordable Care Act & The Patient’s Bill of Rights

    Paul Brayshaw: Welcome. My name is Paul Brayshaw, and my wife, Frances here. We’d like to welcome you to our backyard. We appreciate you all being here. We tried to clean up everything, but just watch your step, you never know, there could be a fresh one out there. But — President Obama: He’s got dogs. Paul Brayshaw: Yeah. So welcome. 36 years ago, I was born with severe factor IX deficiency, hemophilia. I lack a specific clotting factor in my blood to make it clot. And it’s been a bit of a challenge over the years. In 2006, I reached a lifetime cap after three years. I was trying…

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    The Affordable Care Act & The Patient’s Bill of Rights

    Paul Brayshaw: Welcome. My name is Paul Brayshaw, and my wife, Frances here. We’d like to welcome you to our backyard. We appreciate you all being here. We tried to clean up everything, but just watch your step, you never know, there could be a fresh one out there. But — President Obama: He’s got dogs. Paul Brayshaw: Yeah. So welcome. 36 years ago, I was born with severe factor IX deficiency, hemophilia. I lack a specific clotting factor in my blood to make it clot. And it’s been a bit of a challenge over the years. In 2006, I reached a lifetime cap after three years. I was trying…

  • Austan Goolsbee – Credit Card Bill Kicks in Today
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    Austan Goolsbee – Credit Card Bill Kicks in Today

    Austan Goolsbee: I’m Austan Goolsbee of the Council of Economic Advisors. And I was just sitting here reading this Reuters article. Headline is “Consumers to Benefit as Credit Card Law Debuts.” And I was just remembering that the credit card law that goes into effect today was one of the very first consumer protections that President Obama got put in place. And he received thousands of letters of people complaining about all sorts of practices that credit card companies were behaving in that they really shouldn’t. It was the Wild West and things were out of control. This bill that’s going into effect today is going to change many things…

  • Weekly Address: The Patients Bill of Rights and Health Reform
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    Weekly Address: The Patients Bill of Rights and Health Reform

    The President: Over the past few decades, there has been an intense struggle in Washington between the lobbyists for the insurance industry and the interests of the American people over what’s been called a Patient’s Bill of Rights — a set of rules to protect Americans from some of the worst practices of the health insurance industry; rules to ensure that all Americans are getting the care they need from their doctors and the care they deserve from their insurance companies. The last time a Patient’s Bill of Rights was within reach was roughly a decade ago, and it was supported by Democrats and Republicans alike, from Ted Kennedy to…

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda Performs at the White House Poetry Jam:  (8 of 8)
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    Lin-Manuel Miranda Performs at the White House Poetry Jam: (8 of 8)

    (applause) Lin-Manuel Miranda: I’m thrilled the White House called me tonight because I’m actually working on a hip-hop album. It’s a concept album about the life of someone I think embodies hip-hop Treasury Secretary, Alexander Hamilton. (laughter) You laugh, but it’s true! He was born a penniless orphan in St. Croix of illegitimate birth, became George Washington’s right-hand man, became Treasury Secretary, caught beef with every other founding father. And all in the strength of his writing, I think he embodies the world’s ability to make a difference. So I’m going to be doing the first song from that tonight. I’m accompanied by Tony and Grammy music director Alex Lacamoire.…