Myths vs. Facts: Health Reform, the Economy, and the Deficit

Barack Obama - Wed, 01/19/2011 - 03:44

With the House poised to vote Wednesday on Republican-sponsored legislation to repeal health care reform, it's crucial to dispel the myths from the facts.

The historic Affordable Care Act expands access to health care for 32 million people while reducing the deficit and helping to create jobs. With so many false claims online and in the news, never before has it been so important to know the truth – here’s a look at myths and facts surrounding the Affordable Care Act’s impact on the economy and deficit.

Myth: Repealing health reform would reduce the deficit.
Fact: Congressional Budget Office analysis estimates that the “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act” would “increase federal budget deficits over the 2012–2019 period by a total of roughly $145 billion,” $230 billion in by 2021, and increase the deficit in the neighborhood of a trillion dollars beyond the 10-year window.

Myth: Health reform will lead to tax increases for families and small businesses
Fact: Not true. The Affordable Care Act includes tax credits to help make health care affordable for working families. All told, the Affordable Care Act represents the largest middle-class tax cut for health care in American history. [White House]

Myth:The Affordable Care Act increases the cost of health care for small businesses.
Fact: Small businesses will receive $40 billion in new tax credits to help cover the cost of health coverage for their employees. The tax credit is designed to both support those small businesses that provide coverage today as well as new businesses who decide to provide coverage. Effective immediately, the tax credit is worth up to 35 percent of the premiums a business pays to cover its workers and in 2014, the value of the credit will increase to 50 percent. An estimated 4 million small businesses will be eligible to receive these tax credits. [White House]

Myth: Health reform kills jobs, and repealing reform would save jobs.
Fact: Harvard economist David Cutler argues in new paper that repealing the health law would reverse months of private-sector growth and could destroy 250,000 to 400,000 jobs annually over the next decade. Eliminating the law would increase health care costs, causing employers to reduce wages or eliminate jobs. [Think Progress]

Myth: This bill does nothing to bring down the cost of health care.
Fact: Not true. The health policy experts and economists who have looked at this legislation have said we are pursuing every possible mechanism to reduce health care costs. The Congressional Budget Office found that health insurance reform will reduce the deficit by over $100 billion in this decade and by more than $1 trillion over the following 10 years. [White House]

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"Giving Back to Our Communities"

Barack Obama - Wed, 01/19/2011 - 02:35

To commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Day yesterday, thousands of volunteers across the country spent time giving back to their communities.

The First Family took part in a mentoring project, organized by Greater DC Cares’ Mentoring Matters Initiative at Stuart Hobson Middle School, in Washington DC. Offering his thanks to everyone who took part, the President said:

This is just an outstanding program, an example of what Martin Luther King’s birthday should be all about.  I want to thank all the mentees and mentors who are participating.

Dr. King obviously had a dream of justice and equality in our society, but he also had a dream of service, that you could be a drum major for service, that you could lead by giving back to our communities. And that's what this program is all about and that's what these participants are all about.

Michelle and I the girls are extraordinarily proud that each year on Martin Luther King’s birthday this is how we celebrate, is making sure that we're giving a little something back to the community. And I hope that all the projects that are taking place all across the country on this day are getting similar attention, because this is part of what America is all about. And after a painful week where so many of us were focused on tragedy, it’s good for us to remind ourselves what this country is all about. This kind of service project is what’s best in us and we're thrilled with everybody who is participating.

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“Call Republicans out on Repeal”

Barack Obama - Tue, 01/18/2011 - 23:19

Republicans in the House of Representatives have scheduled a vote for tomorrow in an attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. OFA Political Director Yohannes Abraham sent an update to supporters this morning, letting them know that now is time to make their voices heard.

Tomorrow, House Republicans led by John Boehner will vote on the repeal of health reform—moving to end the law that keeps insurance companies in check.

From denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions, to pursuing profits with no accountability, to raising rates arbitrarily on families and businesses and canceling coverage when people get sick—insurers could return to promoting their own financial health at the expense of those seeking care.

And with repeal estimated to add $230 billion to the deficit over the next 10 years, the Republicans' first agenda item delays our economic recovery and does nothing to create jobs.

Repealing the Affordable Care Act is bad for our health, our economy, and our country—and Speaker Boehner needs to know where we stand.

Call now.

Tell Republicans to stop playing political games and end the wasteful, hurtful repeal of health reform.

According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, repealing the Affordable Care Act will add hundreds of billions to the deficit, increase costs for those who are covered, and result in 32 million fewer people receiving coverage. Health reform continues to provide greater freedom and control in our health care choices—it's no surprise that most Americans oppose repeal.

Chances are the Affordable Care Act is already benefiting you or someone you know.

Reform is at work for you:

—If you're a senior who fell into the "donut hole" of prescription drug coverage and needed help covering that cost;
—If you're a young adult who can benefit from staying on your parents' insurance until age 26;
—If you've ever worried about your insurer dropping your coverage unexpectedly if you or someone on your policy gets sick or injured;
—If you're a small-business owner trying to compete with large employers while providing insurance to your employees; or
—If you're a taxpayer worried about the national deficit.

The very first item on the Republicans' agenda involves reducing this important legislation to an abstract, partisan fight.

Instead of working to find solutions to build on our recovery and make the United States more competitive, Republicans in Congress would rather appease their right-wing base and insurance-industry allies by re-litigating the last two years;mdash∧ returning control of our health care system to insurance companies.

They need to know we're paying attention: We will not stand by and allow Republicans to undo our progress.

Call now and tell Congress we're counting on them to do the right thing by their constituents–and that’s not repealing health reform.

Thanks for your help,


Yohannes Abraham
Political Director
Organizing for America

You can call Congress here and let them know just how important the Affordable Care Act is.

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"Tuesday, January 25th"

Barack Obama - Mon, 01/17/2011 - 01:38

President Obama will deliver his second State of the Union address on January 25th. Around the country supporters will be hosting watch parties for their friends and neighbors.

On Tuesday, January 25th, President Obama will deliver his second State of the Union address.

This speech will mark the start of a new chapter for this movement. 2011 will be a year of building on our past work for a stronger economy and a brighter future, while also protecting the progress we've made reforming our health insurance system, reining in the big banks on Wall Street, and more.

To help get the word out about the President's vision for the next year, OFA volunteers will be holding State of the Union watch parties and strategy sessions across the country—and if we're going to have enough events in enough places, we'll need your help.

Will you host a State of the Union watch party?

The President's speech will be a great chance for us all to get fired up about jobs, health reform, and everything else 2011 has in store. That means it's important that we have as many folks watching in as many communities as possible—which is why we need you to host a State of the Union watch party, including a strategy session for planning local action.

Hosting an OFA event has never been easier. You can hold your party at home, or you can use a community space if local regulations allow it. All you have to do is fill out a quick form, and we'll set up the online event and send you everything you need to do the rest.

I'm hoping, as one of our top supporters, that you'll step up and give folks in your neighborhood a place to watch the speech together and help plan what comes next for defending our progress on health reform and more.

Sign up here to host a State of the Union watch party and strategy session on Tuesday, January 25th.



Jeremy Bird
Deputy Director
Organizing for America

Find out more about hosting a State of the Union watch party here.

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Weekly Address: Before We are Democrats or Republicans, We are Americans

Barack Obama - Sun, 01/16/2011 - 23:36

With Congress returning to work this week, President Obama calls on them -- and each of us -- to debate the issues facing America with the appropriate passion and vigor they deserve, but also to live up to the spirit of patriotism and unity we all feel following the tragedy in Arizona.

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Day of Service for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Barack Obama - Sun, 01/16/2011 - 21:33

On Monday thousands of OFA volunteers around the country will commemorate Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. day by giving back to their community.

In events dedicated to service and celebrating their neighborhood, volunteers will help to decorate schools and playgrounds, sort and deliver food and clothing donations for those in need, support victims of domestic violence, and in many other ways, large and small, help to make the lives of others better.

Since taking office, President Obama and the First Lady have marked Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, as a day of service. Both the President and Michelle will spend tomorrow giving back to the causes closest to them.

To find an event near you, click here.

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