Obama Urges Veterans To Speak Up For The Health Law
President says overhaul won't affect veterans' benefits. Meanwhile, religious leaders in Illinois are promoting the law.
Bloomberg: Obama Urges Military Veterans To Defend Health-Care Law
President Barack Obama urged military veterans to defend his signature health-care law and press Republican lawmakers to end budget cuts that threaten future spending on benefits. In remarks to the Disabled American Veterans National Convention in Orlando, Florida, Democrat Obama said critics of the health insurance expansion that he championed are spreading "misinformation." Veterans benefits won't be affected by the Affordable Care Act, he said (Talev and Woellert, 8/10).
The Associated Press: Faith Leaders Emerge As Key To New Health Law Outreach
Religion and the nation's new health law haven't exactly been viewed as friendly partners in the public eye, with most of the attention focused on religious employers' objections to covering the cost of birth control. But under the radar, leaders in some Illinois faith communities are spreading the word about the Affordable Care Act to make sure their uninsured members know about new benefits available starting in 2014 and about the approaching enrollment start date (Johnson, 8/11).
Also, a major donor to a pro-health law group is asking for an end to an HHS review of his billing practices -
Reuters: Big Donor To Group Promoting Obamacare Launches His Own Campaign
When cardiologist Asad Qamar gave $50,000 earlier this year to the non-profit group established to promote President Barack Obama's national agenda it was one of the group's biggest single donations from the state of Florida. … At the same time, Qamar has been engaged in a campaign of his own. Since January, he has sent letters and emails to government leaders, including Obama and members of Congress, complaining about a lengthy review of the billing practices led by the Department of Health and Human Services at his own Ocala, Florida, Institute of Cardiovascular Excellence, which he says is delaying payments and threatens to put him out of business (Debenedetti, 8/12).