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After signing health-care bill, Obama's unfinished business

President Obama just signed a huge health-reform and higher-education bill. At Northern Virginia Community College. You’re forgiven if you don’t see the irony.

As Congress crafted its final version of the higher-ed package, estimates of what it would save came out to be billions of dollars lower than they were when the president proposed it. Congress also took some of the projected savings to pay for health-care reform. So lawmakers had to cut some appealing programs Obama had pushed for, including his $12-billion American Graduation Initiative, which was aimed specifically at community colleges. More than a little awkward, then, that a community college was the backdrop for the bill signing.

A politician of Obama’s abilities no doubt recognized this. So I’m guessing it wasn’t a mistake, but a sign of continuing commitment. The president has seemed particularly intent on offering federal help to the community college system, which, he argues, often gets overlooked. And before signing the bill today, he announced that Jill Biden, the vice president’s wife who also teaches at NVCC, will shortly host a White House summit on community colleges. Expect another serious push from Obama on this unfinished business.

By Stephen Stromberg  | March 30, 2010; 12:06 PM ET
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When did NOVA become NVCC? Trying to make it sound all fancy?

Posted by: gmfletcher12 | March 30, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Dictador Obama not only forces us to swallow the Obamacare scam -- which will destroy our health care, our economy, our freedoms and our country -- but also another scam, his $12-billion American Graduation Initiative, which will destroy additional jobs and our education system.

As we can see, the Obamacare scam will kill millions of jobs.

AT&T, AK Steel, Caterpillar, Deere, Valero Energy and several other large companies are reporting that the Obamacare scam will cost them billions.

Additionally, 6 million small businesses also believe Obamacare will increase costs. Only 12% of those businesses may receive some type of help.

And as most of those businesses were already hurting, many will be forced to reduce salaries, let people go, close or move to FREER countries.

As a result, more Americans are going to become unemployed. And the few lucky enough to have a job will become poor after paying for everyone else.

That’s what happens in every commie country, as the country Obama and his comrades are trying to create in the U.S. with “help-the-poor” scams like Obamacare.

Let’s do what we can to have this abomination REPEALED before it completely destroys our country and our future. Sign a pledge ro REPEAL it:

Posted by: AntonioSosa | March 30, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

"Dictator Obama", that's a good one. Remember when your hero W. stated that he wouldn't mind a dictatorship as long as he was the dictator? Of course you don't. You have no memory of why or what happened during the Republican years of rule in this country.
As far as you are concerned, Republicans were so entirely weak that they simply could not prevent the nation from being taken over by who? Oh yeah, the Socialists, or the Communists, or the Anti-Christ. Take your pick. You, of course, will pick all three, depending on if it is morning, noon, or night.

Posted by: cms1 | March 30, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

The health insurance lobbying group AHIP says the Medical Information Bureau Inc (MIB), a private trade group for insurers founded more than a century ago, operates the most extensive database of medical information on individuals who have previously applied for health, life, disability income, critical illness and long-term care insurance in North America.

The Washington Post says that these medical reports, which are “like credit reports for your health records,” have been created for more than 200 million Americans. The Federal Trade Commission warns that your medical report files may include both medical and non-medical information about you. For instance, personal data collected by the MIB includes medical conditions, your credit report history, driving records, criminal activity, drug use, sexual orientation, lifestyle activities, international travel, participation in hazardous sports, and personal or family genetic history. Using information from these medical report files, insurance companies can charge you higher premiums or terminate your coverage altogether.

Remember, the new health care reform laws in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act don’t go in effect until 2014. All insurance applicants and policyholders should order an annual copy of their medical report files from the nationwide specialty nationwide consumer reporting agencies to ensure they aren’t overpaying for insurance or in danger of policy rejection or rescission for pre-existing conditions or errors. (For example, “Denied Insurance Because of a Medical Coding Error in Her MIB Report” from the Consumer Reports Health Blog)

Posted by: mosdef | April 1, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

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