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  • The Faces of Health Care: Jason T.

    "The Affordable Care Act has made it possible for my family to be covered at more than a reasonable price." 

    Jason T. is "just a regular guy with a wife and two kids." A native of Holland, Michigan, Jason wrote a letter to the President simply to tell him that the Affordable Care Act works. 

    Jason and his family went through a financial upheaval a few years ago, going into bankruptcy and facing foreclosure. Thankfully, he and his family are back on their feet, but they still needed ways to get ahead. 

    Finding affordable coverage on "helped close a huge gap in my finances." So he wrote the President to say thanks, and offer an invitation: 

    "If you ever find yourself in the Midwest with some time to spare, the Medici or Lou Malnati's Pizza and Garrett's is on my family."

  • Q&A with Surgeon General Vivek Murthy: Community Health, Measles, and Teleportation

    Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy

    He’s treated thousands of patients in the U.S. and helped people around the globe. He’s trained students to become doctors, founded a nonprofit to combat HIV/AIDS, practices yoga daily, and keeps unflavored almond milk in his fridge. At 37, he is now one of the youngest Americans — and the first Indian American — to serve as the Surgeon General of the United States. 

    He’s America’s doctor — and he stopped by the White House recently to answer a few questions that you might want to know the answer to, like: What does he want to do as Surgeon General? What should you do to stay healthy? Will he ever dunk on a NBA-regulation basketball hoop? 

    Age-old questions. Check out his answers below: 

  • West Wing Week: 02/20/15 or, “Hello, ‘Chiberia!’”

    This week, the President spent time in sunny San Francisco and subzero Chicago, spoke at two different summits on two different coasts, and named three new national monuments.

  • More Than 11 Million Americans Are Signed Up for Health Coverage

    Five years ago, the Affordable Care Act became law -- opening the doors to affordable, quality health insurance for millions of people. And today, we learned that, thanks to the health care law, about 11.4 million Americans are signed up for private health coverage that suits their needs. 

    In the final day of Open Enrollment season this year, more new consumers signed up for health coverage than on any day this Open Enrollment or last. Health and Human Services Secretary Burwell delivered the great news to the President today. Watch his reaction: 

  • Investing in Research to Help Unlock the Mysteries of the Brain

    On April 2, 2013, President Obama launched the Brain Research through Advancing Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, a Grand Challenge designed to revolutionize our understanding of the human brain. Since then, the BRAIN Initiative has grown to include five Federal agencies. The BRAIN Initiative remains a top priority for the Administration, which is why the President’s 2016 Budget proposes increasing funding for the BRAIN Initiative from about $200 million in FY 2015 to more than $300 million in FY 2016.

  • President Obama, a Selfie Stick, and

    There are things that everybody does but doesn’t talk about: sounding out words, taking selfies, doodling. In a video on BuzzFeed today, President Obama proved he's just like us to spread the word about the health care deadline on February 15.

    Watch the video, then head over to to learn more about your options.


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