Friday, December 6, 2013

Video:
President Obama Speaks
 
 

 

 
On The Death of Nelson Mandela
 
President Obama says that Nelson Mandela's journey from a prisoner to President embodied the promise that human beings, and countries, can change for the better, and asks that we pause and give thanks for the fact that Mandela lived -- a man who took history in his hands, and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice.
 
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Saturday, November 23, 2013

OBAMACARE 101
Learn/Share The Basic Facts
 
 

By: Veer Gidwaney

Once PPACA goes into full effect in January 2014, you can expect your health insurance to cover prescription drugs, hospitalization, pregnancy, newborn care and rehabilitation and mental health services.
Currently, any new health plan cannot deny coverage of preexisting conditions or disabilities in children under age 19. In 2014, all plans will have to cover those conditions for a person of any age.

What are the basics of PPACA?
PPACA, commonly referred to as the Affordable Care Act, will go into effect officially on January 1, 2014. Here's an overview of what the bill requires:
  • Almost all Americans must be insured in some form. Each person who is required to but doesn't purchase coverage will face a penalty, which is either 1 percent of your annual income, or $95 -- whichever amount is greater. (If you're not sure if you're required to purchase coverage, see the details of the exemptions.)
  • Americans with an income of up to 400 percent of the poverty level who don't receive health benefits through their place of employment (or through Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP or military coverage) will qualify for government subsidie -- a break on premiums in the form of tax credits available.
  • If you want to see how the ACA will affect you and your family's premiums in 2014, use this subsidy calculator from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
  • Insurance companies will be required to cover all applicants and offer the same rates regardless of pre-existing conditions, age or gender.
How much does health insurance cost?
Insurance premium rates are set by the government, and if you're buying individual health insurance (not through an employer) your specific rate will be based on your age and zip code.
Individual premium rates are determined by a process called underwriting, during which an underwriter will use information about the applicant, such as their medical history, age, weight, and several other factors, to determine whether that person is an insurable risk or not. This process is based on probabilities and the law of large numbers.
What are exchanges?
Private health insurance exchanges are new marketplaces put in place in response to the Affordable Care Act that will allow individuals without employer-sponsored insurance to purchase individual insurance in a shopping-like experience. Licensed individuals called navigators will be available to assist individuals using the marketplaces.
Insurance premiums for groups (insurance you get through your employer or an association of similar individuals) are determined through underwriting as well, but larger groups are able to get lower rates.
How about deductibles?
Another commonly misunderstood concept is how deductibles work. More and more employers are opting to enroll employees in IRS-qualified High-Deductible Health Plans, up to 1 in 3 from only 12 percent in 2007. A High-Deductible Health Plan is a relatively new type of health plan, with lower premiums and higher deductibles.
In order to be called this, a HDHP must be qualified by the IRS, which can happen if the plan has a minimum annual family deductible of $2,500 or $1,250 for an individual. There are also restrictions on the maximum out-of-pocket, at $12,500 for a family and $6,250 for an individual. These plans are compatible with Health Savings Accounts (HSA's) and in fact, are requirements for participation in an HSA.
An HDHP might be for you or your family if you're generally healthy and are usually able to anticipate the amount you spend on health care, outside of your premium payment, per month.
The low premium allows you to make room in your budget to be able to put aside money in your HSA, which you can then spend on things like doctor's visits, prescriptions, and any tests or procedures you have to get done. You won't be paying co-pays, if that's something you're used to, but instead will pay the negotiated rate for your doctor or hospital bills, which you can do with the pre-tax/tax-deductible HSA funds.
What is coinsurance?
If you have a coinsurance amount on your policy, it will be in the form of a percentage -- the amount of a medical bill you have to pay after you've met your deductible.
For instance, let's say you have a $5,000 deductible, with a $10,000 out-of-pocket maximum and 20 percent coinsurance. You meet your deductible in October, but in November, you get sick and have to visit your doctor and have a few tests done. The bill for that comes to $1,000, but the negotiated rate is $300.
Since you've already met your deductible and are now in "coinsurance" mode, but haven't yet met that out-of-pocket maximum, you'll be paying 20 percent of that $300 amount (which would be $60). You'll continue to pay 20 percent of any bills you get for accepted claims, until you've spent the rest of that remaining $5,000 of your out-of-pocket maximum.
What are HMOs and PPOs?
The way you go about getting health care may change depending on the type of network your insurance plan is covered under. Two major types are HMOs and PPOs.
A Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) is an organization that coordinates care for insured members by contracting network care providers on a prepaid basis. An HMO requires you to choose a Primary Care Physician (PCP) who coordinates your care by seeing you for preventive care visits and common medical conditions, as well as being responsible for referring you to specialists or for certain procedures outside of the PCP's area of expertise.
A Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) is an organization that selects "preferred" providers, any of whom an insured member can see without referrals or a Primary Care Physician's go-ahead. When you receive care from one of these preferred providers, you'll often pay a co-pay. Payment for other services in-network will count toward your deductible, if you have one.
What if you leave your job?
Finally, if you've recently left a job, it's likely you're currently covered under COBRA (which stands for the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act). COBRA coverage is more expensive than employer-sponsored insurance because you as the former employee are handling that entire premium amount yourself, instead of the employer contributing to it or paying the entire amount.
It might actually be more cost-effective for you to secure coverage through the public marketplaces, since you may be eligible for tax subsidies that would lower that monthly premium amount.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

MANDATE ?
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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Weekly Address:

Averting a Government Shutdown and Expanding Access to Affordable Healthcare


September 28, 2013

In this week’s address, President Obama says that on October 1, a big part of the Affordable Care Act will go live and give uninsured Americans the chance to buy the same quality, affordable health care as everyone else. It is also the day when some Republicans in Congress might shut down the government just because they don’t like the law. The President urged Congress to both pass a budget by Monday and raise the nation’s debt ceiling so that we can keep growing the economy.



PATHETIC !
Republicans Would Rather DESTROY AMERICA
Than See This President Succeed.
 
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WHITE HOUSE EXPLAINS
'OBAMACARE' IN SIMPLE TERMS

Hello, everyone --
The Affordable Care Act. Health Reform. Obamacare. Whatever you'd like to call it, it's going mean something very tangible for millions more Americans in just four days.
Starting October 1 -- that's next Tuesday -- Americans who need or want health insurance will be able to be able to go to healthcare.gov. They'll be able to compare plans based on their needs, and they'll be able to sign up for quality, affordable health coverage.

There are folks out there with questions about what this law means for them. It's on all of us to make sure those questions are answered. That's the only way this is going to work.
Our team has put together a great video that unpacks the law, piece by piece, in an incredibly simple way. It explains exactly what October 1 is going to mean for those millions of folks who need coverage.

Take a look, but don't let it stop with you. We all know at least one person who either doesn't have insurance, or wants to know more about the law. Forward this on to other folks who you know need to see it.

You've probably heard about the 3.1 million young adults who have gained coverage through their parents' plans, the 6.3 million seniors who are paying less for prescription drugs, and the more than 100 million Americans who have gotten free preventative care like mammograms and cancer screenings.

Right now, the best thing we can do is make sure that, ahead of October 1, we don't let valuable information like this die in our inboxes. So don't let it happen. Start talking to your friends, your coworkers, your family members. Answer their questions. Make sure they know how to get covered, and then ask them to help others get covered.

That starts with sharing this video, right now, with the folks you know need to see it:



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Saturday, July 20, 2013

WATCH:
President Obama:
" Trayvon Martin Could Have
Been Me 35 Years Ago"

 
 
WATCH:

Washington (CNN) -- In unscheduled and unusually personal remarks, President Barack Obama tried Friday to explain why African-Americans were upset about last week's acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin while lowering expectations for federal charges in the case. "Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago," Obama told White House reporters in a surprise appearance at the daily briefing.

His remarks, which lasted about 20 minutes, escalated a nationwide debate on the verdict that has prompted protests, including some that turned violent. A Florida jury acquitted Zimmerman last Saturday in Martin's February 26, 2012, shooting death, inciting anger among many who considered the incident racially motivated murder. Obama issued a written statement on Sunday, noting that the jury had spoken and urging calm and reflection.

Despite some calls for him to speak about the case, the nation's first African-American president had made no further public comment until Friday. Speaking without a teleprompter, Obama noted a history of racial disparity in law as well as more nuanced social prejudice that contribute to "a lot of pain" in the African-American community over the verdict. "There are very few African-American men in this country who have not had the experience of being followed when they are shopping at a department store. That includes me," the president said. "There are probably very few African-American men who have not had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me - at least before I was a senator," he continued. Read the full transcript of President Obama's remarks "There are very few African-Americans who have not had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had the chance to get off. That happens often," he said.

Saying he didn't intend to exaggerate those experiences, Obama added that they "inform how the African-American community interprets what happened one night in Florida." "The African-American community is also knowledgeable that there is a history of racial disparities in the application of our criminal laws, everything from the death penalty to enforcement of our drug laws," he said. "And that ends up having an impact in terms of how people interpret the case." African-Americans feel the context of the Martin killing is little known or denied, "and that all contributes, I think, to a sense that if a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario that, from top to bottom, both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different," Obama said. (read rest of article)

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Full Text and Video of President Obama's Statement on Boston Marathon Bombing




Good afternoon, everybody.
Earlier today, I was briefed by my homeland security team on the events in Boston. We’re continuing to monitor and respond to the situation as it unfolds. And I’ve directed the full resources of the federal government to help state and local authorities protect our people, increase security around the United States as necessary, and investigate what happened.

The American people will say a prayer for Boston tonight. And Michelle and I send our deepest thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims in the wake of this senseless loss.
We don’t yet have all the answers. But we do know that multiple people have been wounded, some gravely, in explosions at the Boston Marathon.


I’ve spoken to FBI Director Mueller and Secretary of Homeland Security Napolitano, and they’re mobilizing the appropriate resources to investigate and to respond.

I’ve updated leaders of Congress in both parties, and we reaffirmed that on days like this there are no Republicans or Democrats -- we are Americans, united in concern for our fellow citizens.
I’ve also spoken with Governor Patrick and Mayor Menino, and made it clear that they have every single federal resource necessary to care for the victims and counsel the families. And above all, I made clear to them that all Americans stand with the people of Boston.

Boston police, firefighters, and first responders as well as the National Guard responded heroically, and continue to do so as we speak. It’s a reminder that so many Americans serve and sacrifice on our behalf every single day, without regard to their own safety, in dangerous and difficult circumstances. And we salute all those who assisted in responding so quickly and professionally to this tragedy.
We still do not know who did this or why. And people shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts. But make no mistake -- we will get to the bottom of this. And we will find out who did this; we'll find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice.

Today is a holiday in Massachusetts -- Patriots’ Day. It’s a day that celebrates the free and fiercely independent spirit that this great American city of Boston has reflected from the earliest days of our nation. And it’s a day that draws the world to Boston’s streets in a spirit of friendly competition. Boston is a tough and resilient town. So are its people. I'm supremely confident that Bostonians will pull together, take care of each other, and move forward as one proud city. And as they do, the American people will be with them every single step of the way.

You should anticipate that as we get more information, our teams will provide you briefings. We're still in the investigation stage at this point. But I just want to reiterate we will find out who did this and we will hold them accountable.

Thank you very much.

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Friday, February 8, 2013

1st Lady to Attend


Slain Chicago Teen's Funeral

From Kristine Quan:

First Lady Michelle Obama will attend Saturday’s funeral service in Chicago for slain teen Hadiya Pendleton, who was gunned down just days after performing at the inauguration festivities for the President in Washington, D.C, according to ABC News.

The 15-year-old was fatally shot and killed on Jan. 29 at a park on Chicago’s South Side, barely a mile from the Obama family’s home, the Associated Press reported. There have been no arrests in her case, according to the New York Times.

A White House official said on Thursday that the First Lady is not expected to make public remarks at the funeral, and the Obama daughters are not expected to accompany their mother, according to the Chicago Tribune. The White House official spoke on condition of anonymity because the First Lady’s travels had not been formally announced, according to the Associated Press.

White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, both from Chicago, will also attend the funeral, the Washington Post reported.

An honors student, volleyball player and band majorette at King College Prep School, Pendleton performed last month with her classmates at an inauguration party sponsored by Representative Danny K. Davis, Democrat of Illinois, the New York Times reported.

Pendleton’s death, according to the Washington Post, brought renewed attention to the Windy City’s homicide rate and the debate over gun violence in the United States. Her killing was the city’s 42nd homicide of 2013, after more than 500 deaths last year, the New York Times said.

The First Lady’s decision to attend the funeral comes as the Obama administration steps up its gun control push next week and before the President lays out his plan to confront gun violence in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday.

Monday, January 21, 2013






Another Historic Day In America !
2nd Inauguration of  President Obama
Read: Full Text-Inauguration Speech
U.S. President Barack Obama is sworn in during the public ceremony as First lady Michelle Obama looks on during the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC.   Barack Obama was re-elected for a second term as President of the United States.

President Barack Obama marked the start of his second term with an inaugural speech at the U.S. Capitol.

Obama weighed in on "what makes us exceptional" as Americans during his address. His speech took place just after his public swearing-in, which was administered by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.

Below, the full text of President Obama's remarks as prepared for delivery:
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Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice, Members of the United States Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens:

Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution. We affirm the promise of our democracy. We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names. What makes us exceptional – what makes us American – is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Today we continue a never-ending journey, to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time. For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they have never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth. The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few or the rule of a mob. They gave to us a Republic, a government of, and by, and for the people, entrusting each generation to keep safe our founding creed.




For more than two hundred years, we have.

Through blood drawn by lash and blood drawn by sword, we learned that no union founded on the principles of liberty and equality could survive half-slave and half-free. We made ourselves anew, and vowed to move forward together.

Together, we determined that a modern economy requires railroads and highways to speed travel and commerce; schools and colleges to train our workers.

Together, we discovered that a free market only thrives when there are rules to ensure competition and fair play.

Together, we resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable, and protect its people from life’s worst hazards and misfortune.

Through it all, we have never relinquished our skepticism of central authority, nor have we succumbed to the fiction that all society’s ills can be cured through government alone. Our celebration of initiative and enterprise; our insistence on hard work and personal responsibility, are constants in our character.

But we have always understood that when times change, so must we; that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges; that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action. For the American people can no more meet the demands of today’s world by acting alone than American soldiers could have met the forces of fascism or communism with muskets and militias. No single person can train all the math and science teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores. Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation, and one people.

Barack Obama will kick off his second term with a scaled-back inauguration with an appeal to America to 'seek common ground'.
This generation of Americans has been tested by crises that steeled our resolve and proved our resilience. A decade of war is now ending. An economic recovery has begun. America’s possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands: youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention. My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it – so long as we seize it together.


For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it. We believe that America’s prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class. We know that America thrives when every person can find independence and pride in their work; when the wages of honest labor liberate families from the brink of hardship. We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American, she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own.

We understand that outworn programs are inadequate to the needs of our time. We must harness new ideas and technology to remake our government, revamp our tax code, reform our schools, and empower our citizens with the skills they need to work harder, learn more, and reach higher. But while the means will change, our purpose endures: a nation that rewards the effort and determination of every single American. That is what this moment requires. That is what will give real meaning to our creed.

We, the people, still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity. We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit. But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future. For we remember the lessons of our past, when twilight years were spent in poverty, and parents of a child with a disability had nowhere to turn. We do not believe that in this country, freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few. We recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives, any one of us, at any time, may face a job loss, or a sudden illness, or a home swept away in a terrible storm. The commitments we make to each other – through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security – these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.

We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms. The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries – we must claim its promise. That is how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure – our forests and waterways; our croplands and snowcapped peaks. That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God. That’s what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.

Barack Obama inauguration in pictures: crowds gather in Washington
We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war. Our brave men and women in uniform, tempered by the flames of battle, are unmatched in skill and courage. Our citizens, seared by the memory of those we have lost, know too well the price that is paid for liberty. The knowledge of their sacrifice will keep us forever vigilant against those who would do us harm. But we are also heirs to those who won the peace and not just the war, who turned sworn enemies into the surest of friends, and we must carry those lessons into this time as well.

We will defend our people and uphold our values through strength of arms and rule of law. We will show the courage to try and resolve our differences with other nations peacefully – not because we are na├»ve about the dangers we face, but because engagement can more durably lift suspicion and fear. America will remain the anchor of strong alliances in every corner of the globe; and we will renew those institutions that extend our capacity to manage crisis abroad, for no one has a greater stake in a peaceful world than its most powerful nation. We will support democracy from Asia to Africa; from the Americas to the Middle East, because our interests and our conscience compel us to act on behalf of those who long for freedom. And we must be a source of hope to the poor, the sick, the marginalized, the victims of prejudice – not out of mere charity, but because peace in our time requires the constant advance of those principles that our common creed describes: tolerance and opportunity; human dignity and justice.

We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.

It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country. Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm.

Barack Obama inauguration in pictures: crowds gather in Washington

That is our generation’s task – to make these words, these rights, these values – of Life, and Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness – real for every American. Being true to our founding documents does not require us to agree on every contour of life; it does not mean we will all define liberty in exactly the same way, or follow the same precise path to happiness. Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time – but it does require us to act in our time.

For now decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay. We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate. We must act, knowing that our work will be imperfect. We must act, knowing that today’s victories will be only partial, and that it will be up to those who stand here in four years, and forty years, and four hundred years hence to advance the timeless spirit once conferred to us in a spare Philadelphia hall.

My fellow Americans, the oath I have sworn before you today, like the one recited by others who serve in this Capitol, was an oath to God and country, not party or faction – and we must faithfully execute that pledge during the duration of our service. But the words I spoke today are not so different from the oath that is taken each time a soldier signs up for duty, or an immigrant realizes her dream. My oath is not so different from the pledge we all make to the flag that waves above and that fills our hearts with pride.

They are the words of citizens, and they represent our greatest hope.

You and I, as citizens, have the power to set this country’s course.

You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time – not only with the votes we cast, but with the voices we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideals.

Let each of us now embrace, with solemn duty and awesome joy, what is our lasting birthright. With common effort and common purpose, with passion and dedication, let us answer the call of history, and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom.

Thank you, God Bless you, and may He forever bless these United States of America.

US President Barack Obama addresses the audience after taking the oath of office during the 57th Presidential Inauguration ceremonial swearing-in at the US Capitol on January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. US Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath. AFP PHOTO/Jewel SamadJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Watch: President's Weekly Address
 
 
" Now is the Time to Take Action
Against Gun Violence "

WASHINGTON, DC— In his weekly address, President Obama reiterated his commitment to do everything in his power to implement a series of commonsense measures that would reduce gun violence in America. The President started off that effort with 23 concrete actions his Administration is taking immediately under its existing legal authority. But to have a lasting impact, Congress must join the administration by passing commonsense laws like requiring a universal background check for anyone trying to buy a gun, and restoring a ban on military-style assault weapons and a 10-round limit for magazines. If they do that, we can respect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens while helping to keep the irresponsible few from causing massive harm.

Watch: President Obama's Weekly Address Against Gun Violence

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

President's Gun Control Proposal Unveiled,
Marking Biggest Legislative Effort in a Generation


Sam Stein/WASHINGTON -- In a bold and potentially historic attempt to stem the increase in mass gun violence, President Barack Obama unveiled on Wednesday the most sweeping effort at gun control policy reform in a generation.


"This is our first task as a society: keeping our children safe. This is how we will be judged," Obama said. “We can’t put this off any longer."

The proposal, which comes at the end of a month-long review process spearheaded by Vice President Joe Biden, is broken down into four key subsections: law enforcement, the availability of dangerous firearms and ammunition, school safety and mental health.

In an effort to touch on all four of those elements, the president recommended requiring criminal background checks for all gun sales; reinstating the assault weapons ban; restoring a 10-round limit on ammunition magazines; eliminating armor-piercing bullets; providing mental health services in schools; allocating funds to hire more police officers; and instituting a federal gun trafficking statute, among other policies. The cost of the package, senior officials estimated, would be roughly $500 million, some of which could come from already budgeted funds.

Because these recommendations require congressional approval, the administration is supplementing its proposal with 23 executive actions that will be taken immediately. Those actions include requiring federal agencies to hand over relevant data for a background check system; providing law enforcement officials, first responders and school officials with better training for active shooting situations; directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence; and many more.

"I intend to use whatever weight this office holds to make them a reality," said the president, speaking about his full set of recommendations. "If there's even one life that can be saved, then we've got an obligation to try."

The approach is so sweeping that what would have otherwise been a headline-grabbing announcement received second billing. The president on Wednesday will nominate Byron Todd Jones, the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, to take over the post permanently.

In total, the proposal goes beyond what most gun control advocates were hoping for at the start of Biden's review process, during which he held 22 different meetings with 229 different organizations and 31 elected officials. (read rest of article)

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Friday, January 11, 2013

FACT CHECK:
What Biden Gun Task Force MAY Propose...
 
NOT the outright LIE that
'Obama Wants To Take Away All Your Guns'

A SENSE OF URGENCY is the most ephemeral thing in politics. That’s why the debate over gun control is reaching a key moment. The opportunity to do something serious about gun violence must not be lost. Vice President Biden, heading up the task force created after the Newtown, Conn., school massacre, kept the issue alive this week in a series of high-profile meetings with interested groups, from victims of gun violence to the National Rifle Association. The next step is to move from talk to action.

The Biden group is considering measures that would be broad and comprehensive, going well beyond reinstating the expired assault-weapons ban, including: universal background checks for firearms buyers; tracking the movement and sale of weapons through a national database; strengthening mental-health checks; and stiffening penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors. The vice president also raised the possibility that the White House could implement some measures by executive order, without legislation; a list of recommendations was drawn up in 2011 by the Justice Department but put on ice during the presidential campaign. (Note: But this list does NOT in any way include the slightest unconstitutional thought of taking away everyone's guns)

The working group is right to think big, yet it must be cognizant that legislation will face stiff opposition from the National Rifle Association. In today’s polarized environment, an omnibus bill might offer everyone something to oppose. It would be a mistake to ask Congress for a package so big that it sinks.

We support reinstatement of the expired ban on sales of new assault weapons and limits on high-capacity ammunition clips. These military weapons have no place in civilian hands. But this is not a whole strategy. The use of assault weapons in mass killings is horrific, but they are used in only a fraction of the nation’s deaths from gun violence. And any ban on new-weapons sales would not address the millions of assault weapons in private hands. (Read rest of article)

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