First on CNN: OFA releases new ad promoting Obamacare
August 15th, 2013
12:01 AM ET
8 months ago

First on CNN: OFA releases new ad promoting Obamacare

(CNN) - The independent political group supporting President Barack Obama’s agenda will on Thursday release a new television commercial promoting the successes of his signature healthcare law.

Entitled “Every Day,” the Organizing for Action ad tells the story of a Huntersville, North Carolina, family who received an insurance rebate because of reforms implemented under the Affordable Care Act.
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Obama admin. pushes back on Obamacare rumors
August 1st, 2013
03:30 PM ET
9 months ago

Obama admin. pushes back on Obamacare rumors

Washington (CNN) - On Thursday the White House officially launched a new website to educate business owners on how the Affordable Care Act is likely to affect their bottom line. The new site, part of the administration's existing inter-agency effort called BusinessUSA, aims to be a one-stop-shop to dispel misinformation surrounding new requirements that employers offer health insurance to their workers, a senior Obama administration official said.

"The goal with the tool is to put the information – if there is unique information to your state, your location, let's put it right there at your fingertips along with the other information that may be more applicable across the board," the official said.
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Filed under: Health care • President Obama
White House defends Obamacare impact on economy
July 30th, 2013
11:17 AM ET
9 months ago

White House defends Obamacare impact on economy

Washington (CNN) - The White House is continuing to push back against a barrage of criticism and some recent bad press about the effect of President Obama's health care law on the overall economy.

In a nearly hour-long briefing for health care reporters on Monday, a senior White House official clicked through PowerPoint slides filled with graphs showing ways in which the current economic recovery is stronger than its predecessors, and used that data to debunk claims that the Affordable Care Act has been a drag on the U.S. economy.
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Filed under: Health care • President Obama
Obama touts economic agenda, GOP says he's 'all sizzle, no steak'
July 25th, 2013
05:31 PM ET
9 months ago

Obama touts economic agenda, GOP says he's 'all sizzle, no steak'

Jacksonville, Florida (CNN) - For the third time in two days, President Obama left Washington on Thursday to deliver the message that it's time for politicians to refocus on economic policies that help the middle class.

Promising to deliver more speeches throughout the fall on issues like home ownership and education, the president criticized his opponents in congress for trying to defund his domestic priorities.

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Filed under: Florida • President Obama
Obama says he's looking for ways to keep college costs down
July 24th, 2013
07:29 PM ET
9 months ago

Obama says he's looking for ways to keep college costs down

Warrensburg, Missouri (CNN) - Offering an abbreviated version of the economic address he delivered in Illinois earlier in the day, President Barack Obama addressed a crowd at the University of Central Missouri here Wednesday evening and pointed to the school’s business partnership program as an example of what needs to be done to drive down college costs.

“Here at Central Missouri, you are a laboratory for this kind of innovation,” the president said.
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Gearing up for health exchanges: crunch time for Obamacare
July 24th, 2013
06:16 PM ET
9 months ago

Gearing up for health exchanges: crunch time for Obamacare

Washington (CNN) – A calendar on the office wall of senior White House communications adviser Tara McGuiness counts the days until marketplaces under the sweeping health care law championed by President Barack Obama open in states nationwide.

McGuinness and others working to insure the uninsured have fewer than 10 weeks until open enrollment in state and federally managed insurance exchanges begins on October 1.

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Filed under: Health care • President Obama
Obama heads home to refocus on the economy
July 24th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
9 months ago

Obama heads home to refocus on the economy

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama returns to his home state of Illinois on Wednesday to kick off a series of speeches intended to shift the public conversation back to the economy.

The first speech in the series will take place at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, where Obama delivered his first major economic address of his national political career eight years ago.
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Filed under: Economy • Illinois • President Obama
White House continues education blitz on health insurance
July 16th, 2013
06:24 PM ET
9 months ago

White House continues education blitz on health insurance

(CNN) - On October 1, uninsured Americans can begin purchasing health insurance in state- or federal-run exchanges, and over the next 10 weeks the Obama administration is engaging in an all-out education blitz meant to encourage broad participation.

One part of the education effort is a series of public conference calls in both Spanish and English organized by the White House Initiative for Education Excellence for Hispanics, the first of which was held on Tuesday. The calls are intended to introduce Hispanic consumers and community leaders to services offered under the Affordable Care Act and help demystify the insurance marketplace.
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Filed under: Health care • Latinos • White House
Petitions gain signatures after Zimmerman verdict
July 15th, 2013
09:44 AM ET
9 months ago

Petitions gain signatures after Zimmerman verdict

Updated at 3:55 p.m. ET on 7/15

(CNN) - Two petitions posted on the White House's public website over the weekend urge President Barack Obama to recommend that the Justice Department begin a federal civil rights prosecution of George Zimmerman, who was found not guilty Saturday in the Florida killing of teenager Trayvon Martin. Combined, the petitions have garnered more than 15,000 signatures since they were created on Sunday.

Additionally, petitions sponsored by the NAACP urging federal action in the Zimmerman case had garnered almost 800,000 signatures as of Monday afternoon. That documents ask Attorney General Eric Holder to “Please address the travesties of the tragic death of Trayvon Martin by acting today."
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Filed under: Florida • White House
Former Bush official tapped as FBI chief
June 21st, 2013
02:43 PM ET
10 months ago

Former Bush official tapped as FBI chief

(CNN) - James Comey, who served as a top Justice Department official during George W. Bush's presidency, was tapped to become the next director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Friday.

If confirmed by the Senate, Comey would replace Robert Mueller, who is leaving in September after leading the bureau for 12 years.
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Filed under: FBI • George W. Bush • James Comey
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