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Barack Obama Facts – 66 Interesting Facts About Barack Obama

Barack Obama facts

Barack Obama facts – 66 Interesting facts about Barack Obama. Obama will be most remembered for his Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, provisions of which went into effect from 2010 to 2020. It was a major refurbish of the U.S. healthcare system since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. He will also be remembered for his initiative to break the ice in relations between the US and Cuba.

Barack Obama Facts

Barak Obama was the 44th President of United States

He was born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu.

His mother Ann Dunham was born on an Army Base in Kansas during World War II

His Grandfather was enlisted in the US army which under the leadership of General George Patton marched across Europe

His grandmother Madelyn went to work on a bomber assembly line.

The family settled in Hawaii after the end of World War II

Barack Obama Sr, his father was born in Nyanza Province, Kenya

Obama’s father earned a scholarship and went on to pursue his college education in Hawaii.

Obama Sr. met fellow student Ann Dunham in the college and married her on February 2, 1961, Barack was born six months later

His parents officially separated in March 1964.

Facts about Barack Obama

Soon after, his father returned to Kenya

His mother remarried in 1965 to Lolo Soetoro, a University of Hawaii student from Indonesia

Obama has a half sister Maya Soetoro Ng, was born in 1970.

Anarchy in Indonesia and fearing her son’s safety, Barak was sent to his maternal grandparents in Hawaii

His mother and half-sister later joined them.

Barack means blessed in Swahili and it was also his Kenyan father’s name

His childhood name was Barry

Obama enrolled at the Punahou Academy and graduated with academic honors in 1979

Tall and lanky he was diehard basketball player

Obama became conscious of racism and the hardships he endured as an African American which he poignantly recounts in his memoirs.

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He intensely missed his father who he had a chance to see only once, when Obama Sr visited Hawaii for a short time

Obama Sr was involved in a car accident in which he lost both his legs in 1981

He was involved in yet another accident in 1982 when he was travelling in Nairobi and this time it proved fatal. Obama was only 21 then.

He is the third African American…

Even If Dana Rohrabacher Was a Russian Asset, Would He Know?

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher
Dana Rohrabacher leaves a House Republican Conference meeting on October 7, 2015 in Washington.

Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican who has represented Huntington Beach, California for 14 terms on Capitol Hill, has a bummer of a nickname: Putin’s Favorite Congressman. On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that, during a closed meeting of House Republicans, Representative Kevin McCarthy—another Californian and, like Rohrabacher, a stalwart ally of President Donald Trump—said (jokingly, it seems) “there’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump.”

Then, on Friday, the New York Times reported that five years ago the FBI tried to tell Rohrabacher that Russian spies were literally trying to recruit him, to turn the congressman into a Russian intelligence asset. He told the Times not to worry so much: “I can’t imagine someone in a position of power in the United States government not fully appreciating the fact that whoever he’s dealing with who’s a foreigner that he doesn’t know is trying to influence him.”

No biggie! Rohrabacher is totally onto the Russian spies. And for sure, nobody is seriously claiming that Dana Rohrabacher is taking money from or giving secrets to the Russian government. Except his quote to the Times is a little scary in its predictability. Psychology and behavioral economics say that Rohrabacher almost certainly doesn’t know how compromised he might be by years of friendship and meetings with Russians. “People think other people are more vulnerable to conflict of interest than they are,” says George Loewenstein, a behavioral economist at Carnegie Mellon University. And if you show them the numbers that say everyone is vulnerable? “They say, ‘it’s statistics,’ and they always think they’re at the favorable end of the distribution.”

In this, Rohrabacher is Congress’ version of a physician getting called on by a pharmaceutical sales rep. The reps do everything from pay for super-expensive travel to conferences and big-ticket speeches all the way down to handing out pens emblazoned with drug names and buying cheap lunches. And all of it—all of it—increases the likelihood that a doctor will prescribe the drug, no matter how objectively good the drug is.

Now, this fact used to be tough to get at. Studies of conflict of interest…

Taking Jimmy Kimmel’s lecture to heart

Jimmy Kimmel.

I don’t need comedian Jimmy Kimmel to lecture me on pre-existing conditions and insurance coverage. Earlier this week, the funny man made national headlines for the most serious of reasons: his son was born with a congenital heart defect and required emergency surgery to save his life. The emotional roller coaster caused Kimmel to speak out on current attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Specifically, he denounced the provisions that would affect how insurance companies cover anyone with a pre-existing health condition. It is among the core issues faced by Congress today.

Kimmel’s heartfelt advocacy drew the ire of some and rebukes from others. Most detractors lambasted Kimmel for using his celebrity to speak out, as though he should forfeit his First Amendment rights because he happens to be household name. I had a very different reaction to Kimmel speaking on the topic.

When she was born, my step-daughter Bailey had a congenital heart defect. Or, more precisely as my wife Lori corrected me, three defects. Bailey required immediate intervention and surgery. To this day, my wife cannot talk about the first few weeks of Bailey’s life without tearing up.

Luckily, Lori had insurance through her employer and not only did Bailey get the help she needed, she got it from the pre-eminent pediatric surgeon in the world, Dr. Roger Mee at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Mee’s exploits in saving children’s lives is so renowned that a journalist once chronicled his work in a book entitled “Walk on Water.” If you want to know a little about what Kimmel’s family and…

GOP SENATOR: Obamacare repeal must ‘pass the Jimmy Kimmel test’

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Jimmy Kimmel. ABC

Sen. Bill Cassidy on Friday coined a new term for GOP attempts to reform the US healthcare system, saying any GOP healthcare bill must pass the “Jimmy Kimmel test.”

Kimmel, a late night host, delivered a tearful monologue Monday night about his newborn son’s open-heart surgery and pleaded with lawmakers to keep in place certain protections of the Affordable Care Act. One of those protections is the removal of lifetime limits, which prior to the ACA would cap the amount of benefits an insurance company would pay out in a person’s lifetime.

As Kimmel said, children born with serious health problems, like his son, often hit those limits at a very young age.

Cassidy said in a Friday interview on CNN that he wanted to make sure the Senate healthcare bill kept that protection in place.

“I ask does it pass the Jimmy…

Jimmy Kimmel’s Humanity Underscores Heartlessness Of GOP’s Approach To The Poor

On Monday, Jimmy Kimmel, host of the late-night ABC talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” delivered a stirring monologue to open his show. With tears in his eyes, the host revealed that his wife had recently given birth to a beautiful baby boy.

But soon after, a nurse realized there was something wrong.

“Billy was born with heart disease,” Kimmel said. “At just three days old, he would need open heart surgery.”

The surgery was successful, though horrifying. “It was the longest three hours of my life,” Kimmel said. The child will require multiple other procedures in his early life, as well.

But this was more than a personal moment for Kimmel, who took the time to defend other parents who might find themselves in a familiar situation someday, without the cushion of TV money.

“Before 2014, if you were born with congenital heart disease like my son was, there was a good chance you’d never be able to get health insurance because you had a pre-existing condition,” he said. “And if your parents didn’t have medical insurance, you might not even live long [enough] to even get denied because of a pre-existing condition.”

Choking back tears, he continued, “If your baby is going to die, and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make. I think that’s something that, whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat or something else, we all agree on that, right?”

Sadly, the answer is no.

Just hours before the monologue aired, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) told CNN’s Jake Tapper that sick people should pay more for health insurance ― an opinion reflected in the newest proposed version of a Republican health care bill.

Brooks, who is one of the more than 30 congresspeople who make up the so-called Freedom Caucus, a far-right contingent within the House of Representatives, made his comments in response to a claim by President Donald Trump. Trump stated Monday that he wanted to carry over Obamacare policies that protect people with pre-existing conditions.

“My understanding is that it…

Trumpcare Is Back

Last month, Obamacare repeal was so unpopular it couldn’t get a vote in the House of Representatives. Today, a new version of that bill is back on the table, and this time it has support from some of the most conservative members of the House. Here’s what’s in the new bill and how it would affect your health care.

First, it still includes everything that was problematic in the old bill, including:

  • An $880 billion cut to Medicaid. Politically, this is the bill’s most important function, because it frees up money to be used for tax cuts later. (Republicans can pass “budget reconciliation” bills like this without Democratic support, but they have to keep them revenue neutral). Tons of people rely on Medicaid for care, and with this change Medicaid will be more difficult (and eventually, impossible) to get and will cover even less care than it already does.
  • Sky-high premiums for older folks. Like the old bill, the new one allows insurers to charge older people more than they currently do, and it changes subsidies so that they don’t relate to plans’ actual costs.
  • At least 24 million people will lose their insurance, including those who “choose” not to buy it because they can no longer afford it.
  • Deductibles will get even higher, because there’s now no rule that premiums have to cover a certain amount of health care costs. So you can buy insurance that looks cheap, but as soon as you get sick you’re screwed.

In other words, we’re still looking at last month’s bill, the American Health Care Act, but now with a new amendment….