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Why We Passed the Affordable Care Act in the First Place

Monday, November 04, 2013  
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Earlier this week, President Obama joined Governor Deval Patrick in Boston to talk about why we passed the Affordable Care Act in the first place. The President believes that everyone should have access to quality, affordable health care, and no one should ever go broke just because they get sick.

On Wednesday, Vice President Biden and actress Mariska Hargitay, visited the National Domestic Violence Hotline Center in Austin, Texas in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Please read below for more information and a powerful video from the Vice President’s trip.

And on Thursday, speaking to 1,000 business leader from nearly 60 countries at the Select USA Investment Summit, President Obama reminded us that "There’s no substitute for those three proud words: ‘Made in America.’” Read more about the President’s work to bring jobs to the United States through increased business investment here.

And in case you missed it, Sesame Street’s Elmo and Rosalita joined First Lady Michelle Obama to promote fresh food choices for kids here at the White House. Be sure to read below for more on their great visit.

Thank you for all that you do!

White House Council on Women & Girls

Why We Passed the Affordable Care Act in the First Place

Earlier this week, President Obama spoke at Faneuil Hall in Boston.

The state's progressive vision of universal coverage and the conservative idea of market competition are what formed the blueprint for Obamacare: that everyone should have access to quality, affordable health care, and no one should ever go broke just because they get sick.

And we're seeing the benefits of reform extended nationally: According to a new report this week, nearly half of single, uninsured Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 can get coverage for $50 or less, often lower than the cost of their cable bill. That comes on top of the new benefits -- including free preventive services like mammograms, and a prohibition against denying coverage for pre-existing conditions.

Read the full post from Senior Advisor David Simas here and the President’s full remarks here.

President Barack Obama delivers remarks regarding the Affordable Care Act, at Faneuil Hall in Boston, Mass., Oct. 30, 2013

President Barack Obama delivers remarks regarding the Affordable Care Act, at Faneuil Hall in Boston, Mass., Oct. 30, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

Vice President Biden Visits the National Domestic Violence Hotline

On Wednesday, Vice President Biden visited the National Domestic Violence Hotline to commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Vice President Biden created the National Domestic Violence Hotline in the Violence Against Women Act in 1994 (VAWA) and has long championed the cause of ending domestic violence. The Vice President was accompanied by actress Mariska Hargitay, a key advocate working against abuse. Together Vice President Biden and Mariska toured the Hotline, met with frontline advocates, and observed these life-saving services in action.

You can read more and watch a powerful video from the Vice President’s visit here.

Vice President Joe Biden and Mariska Hargitay watch as an advocate demonstrates the new web chat feature, at the National Domestic Violence Hotline

Vice President Joe Biden and Mariska Hargitay watch as an advocate demonstrates the new web chat feature, at the National Domestic Violence Hotline, in Austin, Texas, Oct. 30, 2013. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Elmo and Rosita Join First Lady Michelle Obama to Promote Fresh Food Choices for Kids

First Lady Michelle Obama was joined by Sesame Street’s Elmo and Rosita to announce that Sesame Workshop and the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) joined the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) in a two-year agreement to help promote fresh fruit and vegetable consumption to kids, making those healthy choices a little easier for busy parents and families to make.

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