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The President and First Lady continued their African trip this week, returning to Washington DC on Tuesday. Check out some behind the scenes photos of their trip here.
Earlier this year, legendary singer and songwriter Carole King was honored at the White House as the recipient of the 2013 Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. King is the first woman to receive the award. Marking this achievement was a concert in the East Room in the White House, where King performed some of her hits.
The Obama Administration continues to encourage an ongoing dialogue with the leaders of America's businesses, large and small. Businesses have added 6.9 million private-sector jobs in the past 39 months helping to strengthen the middle class. Today, most Americans get their health insurance through their jobs and that will be the case moving forward.
To help restore middle class security, the Obama Administration is making health care more affordable to businesses, government, and American families through the Affordable Care Act. While major portions of the law have yet to be implemented, it’s already a little more affordable for businesses to offer quality health coverage to their employees. A recent report suggests that medical cost growth will be lower in 2014 than an already low rate in 2013, both “defying historical patterns.”
Starting next year, the law also ensures all Americans will have access to affordable health coverage. The Administration is on target to open the Health Insurance Marketplace on October 1 where small businesses and ordinary Americans will be able to go to one place to learn about their coverage options and make side-by-side comparisons of each plan’s price and benefits before they make their decision. For more information about the Affordable Care Act and the responsibilities of businesses click here.
I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July! Check out some White House Independence Day moments here.