Source: White House
In this weeks address, President Obama discussed Open Enrollment on the Health Insurance Marketplace, which began November 1. The deadline to sign up for coverage beginning on January 1 is this Thursday, December 15, and the final deadline to sign up for 2017 coverage is January 31. Today, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, every American with insurance is covered by the strongest set of consumer protections in history.
For every person with insurance, preventive care is available with no cost sharing; there are no more annual or lifetime limits on essential health care; you cant get charged more just for being a woman; young people can stay on a parents plan until they turn 26; seniors get discounts on their prescriptions; and no one can be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. Although Republicans in Congress want to repeal this law, the President emphasized that we should build on the progress weve already made. To sign up for health care coverage, visit HealthCare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596.
Read more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/12/10/weekly-address-its-time-get-covered-health-insurance-marketplace
If youre not covered yet, now is the time to sign up. Go to HealthCare.gov and shop for the plan thats right for you. Like most Americans who get coverage through HealthCare.gov, theres a good chance youll find a plan that costs less than $75 a month. And while the enrollment period lasts until the end of January, as long as you sign up by this Thursday, December 15, youll be covered starting January 1.
Now, this doesnt apply to the roughly 250 million Americans who already get insurance through the workplace, or thanks to Medicare or Medicaid. But heres what does. Every American with insurance is covered by the strongest set of consumer protections in history a true Patients Bill of Rights. You now have free preventive care, like mammograms and contraception. There are no more annual or lifetime limits on the essential care you receive. Women cant get charged more just for being a woman. Young people can stay on a parents plan until they turn 26, and seniors get discounts on their prescriptions. Every American can rest free from the fear that one illness or accident will derail your dreams -- because discrimination against preexisting conditions is now illegal. And since 2010, weve seen the slowest health care price growth in 50 years.
Senator Sanders touched on income inequality, student debt, fracking and the fossil fuel industry, LGBT rights, and African American and Native American rights. Jordan Mondell | Staff Photographer
He spoke for about an hour to the energetic crowd with only one pause to help direct medical personnel to a person who passed out in the crowd.
Sanders began his speech to the packed Green by ripping the current system and the concentrated wealth.
State Sen. Gary Holder-Winfield spoke at the podium and said campaign finance reform in Connecticut allowed him to run against the New Haven political machine and win. He worked on several prominent issues including abolishing the death penalty in the state and said many people told him he was dreaming when it came to his political goals.
"Dream tonight for a win in Connecticut for Bernie Sanders that they say can't happen."
There are 14k in New Haven for @BernieSanders rally tonight -- take a look. That's according to City Parks official.
Large crowd gathering on New Haven Green for Bernie Sanders as 7 pm start time approaches
Bernie Sanders: The stage on New Haven Green
Big crowd as sunset approaches
Long line of Sanders fans headed toward the metal detectors on the New Haven Green
Speaking on New Haven Green Bernie Sanders ponders fact that NH has Yale and very poor schools for local kids.
BernieSanders holds a rally in the New Haven Green tonight, adjacent to Yale's campus
BernieSanders w/ passion: People should not have their economic future destroyed because they went to college.
More than 14,000 people have turned out for Bernie Sanders's rally tonight in New Haven, Connecticut, according to a city parks official.
14000 strong at the New Haven Green to see @BernieSanders. Great energy for the next POTUS
WPRI.com's Ted Nesi sat down with Bernie Sanders on Sunday.
CBS's Face the Nation: Democratic presidential candidate Sanders and Republican presidential contender John Kasich, the governor of Ohio.
NBC's Meet the Press: Sanders and former Florida governor and ex-Sen. Bob Graham.
ABC's This Week: Sanders; Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus; and billionaire Charles Koch, a major GOP donor and CEO of Koch Industries.
CNN's State of the Union: Sanders and Donald Trump Jr., son of the New York real estate mogul.
Whether it was the gay rights movement, the civil rights movement, the women's movement or the fight for $15, change always happens when millions of people demand it. When the American people stand up and fight, they win.
Democratic Assemb. Todd Kaminsky declared victory over Republican Christopher McGrath on Tuesday night in the race to replace former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos a high-profile special election with control of the State Senate potentially in the balance.
With 70 percent of precincts reporting, Kaminsky led McGrath 53 percent to 45 percent, according to the county Board of Elections.
When we started this campaign I promised I would fight as hard as I could. We would not stand for putting special interests ahead of Long Island interests, Kaminsky said. We sent a message to the special interests and the smoke-filled backrooms: We will not take it anymore.
This morning's paper
Todd D. Kaminsky
Amid Widespread Reports of Voter Disenfranchisement and Polling Problems, Controller Stringer, audit
AMID WIDESPREAD REPORTS OF VOTER DISENFRANCHISEMENT AND POLLING PROBLEMS, COMPTROLLER STRINGER ANNOUNCES AUDIT OF BOARD OF ELECTIONS
With the New York City Board of Elections confirming that more than 125,000 voters in Brooklyn were removed from voter rolls and widespread reports of voters having trouble accessing polling sites and other polling irregularities, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer announced today that his office would undertake an audit of the operations and management of the Board of Elections. There is nothing more sacred in our nation than the right to vote, yet election after election, reports come in of people who were inexplicably purged from the polls, told to vote at the wrong location or unable to get in to their polling site, Comptroller Stringer said. The people of New York City have lost confidence that the Board of Elections can effectively administer elections and we intend to find out why the BOE is so consistently disorganized, chaotic and inefficient. With four elections in New York City in 2016 alone, we dont have a moment to spare. To read Comptroller Stringers letter informing Michael J. Ryan, Executive Director of the New York City Board of Elections, that his office would commence an audit, click here.
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