With the quick movement of the President’s pen, the dream of health care for every American became a reality.
It was a historical day in Washington on Tuesday when President Obama and other politicians came together to see what was thought of to be an impossibility just two months ago – the signing of the health care reform into law. President Obama, Vice President Biden, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and other prominent guests stood back and watched as President Obama signed the landmark bill into law thus ending a long drawn out political battle that had been waging in Congress for over a year. The historical health care bill will bring near universal health care to millions of Americans who go without insurance, but also stands as the biggest domestic change in U.S. policy since the inception of Medicare back in the 1960s.
The bill will cover up to 95 percent of Americans compared to the 83 percent that are currently covered now while also making it a law that everyone in the country have some sort of medical coverage. This is done by making employers put their workers under health care coverage while also eventually giving the option to citizens to buy their own health care or be covered under a government health care option. Most of the bill’s provisions, however, will not be immediate. In fact, most will not go into effect until 2014. Yet, the expanding of Medicare and allowing young people to stay on their parent’s insurance until the age of 26 could happen as soon as this upcoming fall.
On the campaign trail, President Obama made a promise of an America in which every citizen would not have to worry about health care. This was something that many felt was an impossible goal, but after yesterday the President followed through on that promise with nothing more than a quick movement of a pen and his signature.
President Obama has seen the future of the economy and it is… Green!
This week, President Obama stated that the hope for a revival of the American economy could be found in creating and maintaining a clean energy industry and “green” jobs. The President also said that the jobs of tomorrow will be in the “clean energy sector” and that steps are being taken now towards a clean and profitable industry. This has been something that the President and his administration have been striving to achieve since gaining office. By stressing the importance of a green industry the White House is giving the American people a view of the hopeful future along with answers to the question, “how can we fix the economy?”
When talking to small business owners, the President went over some of the initiatives his administration is working on to achieve a good green economy. He called to attention the Home Star program, which he first proposed during his State of the Union address. This program would offer $1,500 – $3,000 in discounts to homeowners who make their homes green. Homeowners could receive the $1,500 rebate simply by putting in environmentally friendly insulation and installing energy efficient windows which help conserve energy. The $3,000 rebate would involve more extensive renovations and incorporate improvements to the entire house. This initiative could help produce around 20% in energy savings while also boosting the economy by cutting the construction industry’s unemployment rate by 25%.
The President understands that fixing the broken economy is vital to the future of the country. He also realizes that if climate change isn’t addressed then there may not even be a future to get to. Luckily for the President, and the rest of the country, both may be able to fix each other.