President Obama: “We Need to Build an Economy That Lasts”

President Obama took his message of his message of job creation directly to the American people today. Speaking at Columbus, Ohio this morning he urged immediate passage of the American Jobs Act. “Columbus, we know what’s right. We know what to do to create jobs now and in the future. We know that if we want businesses to start here and stay here and hire here, we’ve got to out-build and out-educate and out-innovate every country on Earth. We’ve got to start manufacturing. We’ve got to sell more goods around the world that are stamped with three proud words: ‘Made in America.’

“We need to build an economy that lasts. And, Columbus, that starts now. That starts with your help. Democrats and Republicans have supported every kind of proposal that’s in the American Jobs Act—and we need to tell them to support those proposals now.”

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New Mexico’s Rising Uninsured Rate Shows Critical Need for Health Reform

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman spoke out Tuesday about New Mexico’s 24.7 percent uninsured rate – the second highest in the country – and noted once again how rising the rates underscore how important it was to pass a health insurance reform law.  Last year, New Mexico’s uninsured rate was 23.7 percent – the third highest in the country.

Under the new law, by 2014 all states will be required to set up a marketplace where uninsured residents and businesses can purchase insurance plans and determine whether they qualify for tax credits to afford the coverage.  The marketplace will be required to offer core benefits and specific levels of coverage – even for those with pre-existing medical conditions.

Also in 2014, the state will begin receiving billions of dollars to expand Medicaid, covering more New Mexicans who currently do not qualify for the program but who still do not have a high enough income to afford insurance coverage.

“New Mexico stands to gain more from this law than almost any other state – primarily because our uninsured rate is so high,” Bingaman said.  “We’ve had chronically high uninsured rates for years, and because of the law Congress passed last year we are finally going to be able to tackle that intractable problem.”

Bingaman pointed out that while some of the most important aspects of the law don’t kick in until 2014 a few provisions are already helping cover some New Mexicans.  For example, last year the law began to require insurance companies to offer health care coverage to children with pre-existing conditions and to cover young Americans up to age 26.

“When uninsured Americans need medical attention, they usually end up in emergency rooms.  Those of us fortunate enough to have insurance end up covering those costs, which is one main reason our health care costs have been rising so dramatically,” Bingaman said.   “This health reform law is the most important step we’ve taken to reduce our uninsured rates and to finally get a handle on our nation’s health care costs.”

The uninsurance rates were released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.  The data includes individuals under 65 years of age and were reported for 2010.