There’s a new section on the Obama for America website called Parents for Obama. You may have seen Michelle Obama’s video, released via the site earlier today, about moving her family into the White House and how she considers it a blessing that she and her husband can work to create a nation that supports healthy families and children. Here are some of the accomplishments achieved during the Obama administration that parents can rejoice about:
The Affordable Care Act:
- allows young Americans to stay on their parents’ insurance plan up to age 26—and 3.1 million more young Americans now have health coverage.
- 17 million children with pre-existing conditions like asthma and diabetes can no longer be denied health insurance.
- All new insurance plans are now required to cover certain preventive services, like immunizations, routine check-ups, and prenatal care, without charging a co-pay or deductible.
- The Child Health Insurance Program Reauthorization will expand health insurance to an additional 4 million children.
- President Obama expanded Head Start and Early Head Start to reach 64,000 more children and families.
- The Race to the Top initiative is encouraging states to improve high school graduation rates and ensure students are prepared for collage and careers.
- President Obama has provided states more flexibility in measuring school performance, freeing them from the Bush-era “No Child Left Behind” program.
Protecting families of all stripes:
- President Obama expanded the Family and Medical Leave Act to include same-sex partners and other family types, to ensure that employees caring for children receive parent rights regardless of the legal or biological relationship.
- President Obama repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” ensuring that no one ever again has to lie about who they are to serve the country they love.
- President Obama is the first sitting president to publicly announce his support for marriage equality, standing with same-sex couples and their families.
- The Department of Justice revised the Americans with Disabilities Act rules to ensure newly designed, built, or renovated public facilities are accessible to all Americans.
These are just a few of the many ways in which President Obama has been working to make it easier for middle class families to live a quality life. To learn more about what Barack Obama has done for families and children, visit Parents for Obama, where you can watch video, read stories and get involved.