Obama for America Rolls Out a New Smartphone App

It’s hard to believe, but Election Day is now less than 100 days away, and it’s going to take every single person to make a difference in this election. It could come down to just a few votes in a single state—and even one conversation could make the difference.

To help you build support in your neighborhood, there’s a new Obama for America smartphone app out today. The app, available for iPhone today, and soon also for Android, will make it even easier to connect with the campaign and pitch in wherever you are. This campaign’s strength has always come from the millions of grassroots supporters who are organizing their communities, and the new Obama app puts the latest organizing tools right at your fingertips.

With the new app, you can easily find local volunteer events near you, get a list of voters to talk to in your neighborhood, and access all the information you need to spread the word: from President Obama’s record to state-specific voting info. You can also stay up to date with breaking news, which you can instantly share with friends and family using Facebook, Twitter, email, and text messaging.

This app isn’t about being flashy—it’s about giving you the tools you need to make the biggest possible difference between now and Election Day.

To learn more about the app’s innovative features and to download it for free, visit barackobama.com/app.

Breaking: A Step Forward for Marriage Equality

Barney Frank just delivered some big news via email: Marriage equality is one step closer to being a part of our platform for the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Spread the word—and add your name to say that you support the right for all Americans to marry the person they love.

This is historic.

Friend —

I want you to be one of the first to know: After a unanimous decision on Sunday, the drafting committee for the Democratic National Convention embraced marriage equality as part of our platform for the 2012 Convention.

The next step will be for the full platform committee to vote on it, after which it will be presented to the delegates at the Convention in Charlotte for a final vote. Make no mistake: This is a historic step toward fairness for all. Once again, Democrats are fighting to move this country forward.

Please stand with Democrats today and support marriage equality for all Americans.

When President Obama became the first sitting president to support marriage equality, Democrats stood shoulder to shoulder with him. I still remember that day. I couldn’t stop smiling.

Now, it’s up to us to speak up for what he has called a simple proposition: that every single American deserves to be treated equally.

Add your name today and say you’re with Democrats as we fight for the right of every American to marry the person they love.

Thank you for standing up,

Congressman Barney Frank

Kathleen Sebelius: Giving Women Control Over Their Health Care

Women deserve to have control over their health care. Aug. 1, 2012, ushers in a new day for women’s health when, for the first time ever, women will have access to eight new services at no out-of-pocket cost to keep them healthier and to catch potentially serious conditions at an earlier, more treatable stage. This benefit will take effect for millions of adult and adolescent women over the course of the next year—and it’s just one of many benefits of the health care law that let women and their doctors, not insurance companies, make decisions about a woman’s care.

When it comes to health, women are often the primary decision-maker for their families and the trusted source in circles of friends. Women often take care of their families first and put off their own health care needs. Too often, they have gone without preventive services, worrying about what even a $20 insurance copay would mean to their families’ budgets and choosing to pay for groceries or rent instead.

But now, thanks to the health care law, many women won’t have to make that choice.

Because of the Affordable Care Act, women in private plans and Medicare already have received potentially life-saving services, such as mammograms, cholesterol screenings, and flu shots at no extra cost. Today, the law builds on these benefits, requiring new, non-grandfathered private health plans to offer eight additional screenings and tests for adolescent and adult women at no extra charge. These include:

  • Well-woman visits.
  • Gestational diabetes screenings that help protect the mother and her child from one of the most serious pregnancy-related diseases.
  • Domestic and interpersonal violence screening and counseling.
  • FDA-approved contraceptive products, which have proven health benefits like a reduced risk of cancer and protecting against osteoporosis.
  • Breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling.
  • HPV DNA testing, for women 30 or older.
  • Sexually transmitted infections counseling.
  • HIV screening and counseling.

According to a new report, about 47 million women are eligible for these new additional preventive services that address their unique health care needs. Instead of letting insurance companies decide what care women receive, the health care law requires insurers to cover these preventive services in new plans beginning Aug. 1. Because these changes take effect at the beginning of a new plan year, the requirement may go into effect later in the year. Ask your insurance company when the new benefits will take effect for you.

Women’s health decisions shouldn’t be made by politicians or insurance companies. Rather than wasting time refighting old political battles, this Administration is moving forward and putting women in control of their own health care. If women are going to take care of their families and friends, they have to take care of themselves. The Affordable Care Act is making it easier for women to do that by making health care more accessible and affordable for millions of American women and families.

To learn more about the health care services you are eligible for at no extra charge under the Affordable Care Act, go to http://www.healthcare.gov/prevention.

To see a video of what people are saying about preventive services go tohttp://youtu.be/lKejT13Jh9g. Kathleen Sebelius is the Secretary of Health and Human Services

First Lady Michelle Obama Leads Presidential Delegation to the Olympics

First Lady Michelle Obama hugs LeBron James following the USA vs. France men’s basketball game at Olympic Park during the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

First Lady Michelle Obama was in the stands on Saturday as Team USA scored its first gold medal in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. In her unofficial capacity as First Fan, Mrs. Obama had the chance to cheer on swimmer Ryan Lochte as he won the men’s 400 meter individual medley.

Yesterday, the First Lady took in the tennis competition from Wimbledon, watching Serena Williams knock off Jelena Jankovic 6-3, 6-1 from a seat beside Oracene Price, Serena’s mom.

On Sunday, the First Lady gave each member of Team USA – up to and including the coaches – a hug after they moved past France in the first round of the basketball competition.
Mrs. Obama and the U.S. delegation, which included Olympians Dominique Dawes, Brandi Chastain, Grant Hill and Summer Sanders, and Paralympian Gabriel Diaz de Leon, also attended the Opening Ceremonies on Friday night.
Before the Olympic Games began, the First Lady hosted Let’s Move! London at  the U.S. ambassador’s residence in London, where 2,000 American and British children showed off their skills at at sports stations and got a chance to meet athletes, including David Beckham.
While in London, the First Lady also attended a reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by Queen Elizabeth II, visited with U.S. military personnel at the Royal Air Force’s Mildenhall base, and met with Samantha Cameron, the wife of Britain’s prime minister.

Five Ways Obamacare Strengthens Medicare

Forty-seven years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare into law—a law that now provides life-saving health care for nearly 50 million seniors and people with disabilities. In 2010, President Obama signed the health care reform law to strengthen Medicare coverage and ensure the program remains strong for future generations.

Here are five ways Obamacare strengthens Medicare:

  1. When seniors fall into the “doughnut hole,” they get a 50% discount on their prescription drugs. More than 5 million people already saved an average of $600 last year—and, come 2020, the doughnut hole will be closed for good.
  2. For the first time, Medicare now covers an annual wellness visit so seniors have the chance to sit down with their doctor and make a plan to stay healthy, rather than wait until they’re sick to see the doctor.
  3. Seniors now get free preventive care—like mammograms, colon cancer screenings, and flu shots. Last year, 33 million people with Medicare got a free service.
  4. Primary care providers across the country and surgeons that practice in areas that have a shortage of doctors now get bonus payments from Medicare, which helps make sure that everyone can get the care they need.
  5. The Affordable Care Act added 8 years to solvency of Medicare by cracking down on waste, fraud, and needless subsidies to insurance companies.

In contrast, Mitt Romney would end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher program. Experts have found that under a similar plan, in 2022, a typical 65-year-old senior would actually pay $6,400 more out of pocket than they would under the current system. When it comes to ensuring the economic security and health care of America’s seniors, the choice couldn’t be more clear.

Happy Birthday, Medicare

On this date, forty-seven years ago, July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Social Security Act Amendments, popularly known as the Medicare bill. It established Medicare, a health insurance program for the elderly, and Medicaid, a health insurance program for the poor.

Former President Truman participated in the signing ceremony with President Johnson. Harry S. Truman and Bess Truman received Medicare registration cards numbers one and two.  At the time, Mr. Truman was 81 years old, and he described it as a “profound personal experience for me.”

Medicare Card number one, issued to Harry S. Truman
President Lyndon Johnson hands President Harry S. Truman a pen as Lady Bird Johnson, Vice President Hubert Humphrey, and Bess Truman look on.

Today, forty seven years later, Democrats continue stand up proudly for the health and quality of life of all Americans and to defend Medicare from attacks from Republicans Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, and Steve Pearce who want to end Medicare as we know it, and replace it with a voucher program.

Learn more about the Medicare bill.

New Mexico Veterans Speak About Martin Heinrich’s Commitment to Supporting Military Families, Honoring Service

Martin Heinrich’s campaign for U.S. Senate released a new television ad titled “Country.” The ad features Marvin Trujillo, a third generation U.S. Marine veteran, and Suzanna Ausborn, a U.S. Air Force veteran whose husband was killed in Afghanistan, speaking about Heinrich’s commitment to veterans and military families in New Mexico. “I know that military families like mine are very important to Martin Heinrich,” says Ausborn in the ad.

Watch and share today’s video.