A Real Life “Angel” in Queens, New York

Colombia esta Orgullosa de ti y tu Familia!

Nuevamente muestra que “SI SE PUEDE” el Colombiano Jorge Muñoz. Triplicando su AYUDA con los mismos ingresos.

APOYEMOS A JORGE CON DONACIONES A SU FUNDACIÓN “AN ANGEL IN QUEENS“.

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Obama honors CNN Hero who cooks meals for homeless people, Colombian citizen Jorge Muñoz

President Obama awards Jorge Munoz the Presidential Citizens Medal at the White House on Wednesday.President Obama awards Jorge Munoz the Presidential Citizens Medal at the White House on Wednesday.

  • One of the 13 recipients is Jorge Munoz, a former CNN Hero who delivers free food to needy.

(CNN) — Jorge Munoz, a former CNN Hero who distributes free home-cooked meals to needy people in New York, was honored by President Obama on Wednesday.

Munoz was one of 13 everyday Americans who received the Presidential Citizens Medal, the second-highest civilian honor, behind the Medal of Freedom.

Awarded at the sole discretion of the president, the Citizens Medal recognizes those who have performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or fellow citizens.

“What unites these citizens — what makes them special — is the determination they share to find a wrong and right it; to see a need and meet it; to recognize when others are suffering and take it upon themselves to make a difference,” Obama said. “These honorees’ lives stand as shining examples of what it means to be an American. And today, we have an opportunity to tell their stories; to say thank you; and to offer them a small token of our appreciation.”

This year’s recipients come from across the country. Munoz, a school bus driver in New York, was a CNN Hero in 2009.

Every day for the past six years, Munoz has been preparing and distributing free meals under an elevated train in Jackson Heights, Queens. His clientele includes the homeless and the unemployed.

“When I see these guys on the street,” Munoz said last year, “it’s like seeing me 20-something years ago when I came to this country.”

Munoz, born in Colombia, became a legal U.S. resident in 1987 and later became a citizen along with his mother and sister.

“Jorge Munoz recognizes that we all have a stake in one another,” the White House said. “By giving his time, energy and resources to feeding the hungry, he has demonstrated the enduring American values of sacrifice and kindness.”

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Obama abre la vía para legalizar a cerca de 11 millones de inmigrantes

El mandatario dijo que los demócratas están listos para la reforma migratoria, invitando a los republicanos a hacer lo propio.

El presidente de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, durante el discurso dado en la Facultad de Diplomacia de la Universidad Americana, en Washington.

El presidente de EE.UU., Barack Obama, afirmó este jueves que su Gobierno procederá adelante con una reforma exhaustiva del sistema migratorio que “refleje nuestros valores como un Estado de Derecho y un país de inmigrantes”. En un discurso sobre inmigración en la Facultad de Diplomacia de la Universidad Americana en Washington, ante unas 250 personas, Obama aseguró que su Gobierno no irá posponiendo la reforma de un sistema “fundamentalmente fracasado”.

“Hemos dejado claro que este Gobierno no va posponiendo las cosas y la reforma migratoria no es ninguna excepción”, indicó en una alocución en la que, como se esperaba, no efectuó ningún anuncio y se centró en resumir su visión sobre la reforma.

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Nuevo plan del presidente Obama promete seguir apoyando a Colombia en lucha antidroga

Para el mandatario de E.U., los éxitos son “totalmente reversibles” si su país no continúa respaldando la lucha contra las drogas en Colombia o desaparece el esfuerzo sostenido del gobierno nacional.

Con ese renovado compromiso, y mensaje al nuevo mandatario que se posesione el próximo 7 de agosto, el presidente Barack Obama delineó hoy su visión sobre el futuro de la lucha contra los narcóticos en el país.

El planteamiento hace parte de la muy esperada Estrategia Nacional contra las Drogas 2010, en la que Obama hace una revisión total de los esfuerzos que viene haciendo su país para controlar producción y consumo y plantea una “hoja de ruta” para los próximos cinco años.

En el capítulo correspondiente a Colombia, la administración demócrata dice que se hará énfasis en la erradicación voluntaria y manual de cultivos ilícitos, pero insiste -como han hechos sus predecesores- que la fumigación seguirá siendo una herramienta importante “especialmente en áreas remotas e inseguras donde la erradicación manual es muy costosa o peligrosa”.

En líneas generales, la Casa Blanca promete una “estrategia balanceada” que también hará hincapié en programas sociales y de desarrollo alternativo -para ofrecer oportunidades en los cultivadores-, y respaldo al plan de consolidación del gobierno, que busca llevar estado a donde hoy no lo hay…

Fuente: El Tiempo.com

Obama logra histórico triunfo: reforma a la salud fue aprobada en EE.UU.

Las claves de la reforma de salud en Estados Unidos

1. ¿Cómo funciona el sistema de salud?

No hay un sistema de cobertura universal. Los empresarios garantizan la cobertura de la mayoría de los estadounidenses, pero una parte de la población elige aseguradoras privadas. Se calcula que 46 millones de habitantes no están asegurados, que 25 millones tienen una cobertura deficiente y que cada vez las cuotas son más altas.

2. ¿Hay un servicio que dependa del gobierno?

Medicare, al que se accede a partir de los 65 años y Medicaid, que se hace cargo de familias con sueldos bajos, niños, mujeres embarazadas y personas con discapacidades. Pero el Gobierno se queja del alto costo.

3. ¿Qué pasa si alguien se enferma y no tiene  ningún seguro?

Debe pagar de su bolsillo. La mitad de las bancarrotas privadas en EE.UU. se debe, en parte, a los gastos médicos.

4. ¿Qué quiere cambiar Obama?

Los costos de las cuotas, la garantía de que todos los estadounidenses podrán escoger su propio plan de sanidad, incluido uno público, y la calidad y la accesibilidad del sistema.

5. ¿El nuevo sistema?

Se crearía un seguro obligatorio en el cual el Estado apoyaría a las personas necesitadas,  se crean impuestos a las personas con mayores ingresos y prohíbe rechazar la cobertura a personas con condiciones médicas preexistentes.
Fuente: El Espectador

Health care latest: Obama says House made ‘the right vote’

The House passed on Sunday the Senate’s health care reform bill and a package of measures meant to reconcile differences between the Senate bill and the one it passed last year.

Here’s the latest on what’s happening:

11:48 p.m.: President Obama says that the House’s vote on health care “wasn’t an easy vote but it was the right vote.”

Speaking from the East Room of the White House, the president, who made health care reform a priority for his administration, said the vote wasn’t a victory for a political party but for the American people.

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Health Reform by the Numbers | The White House

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La Reforma de Salud “Health Care Reform” en los Estados Unidos afecta a millones de personas

Fuente: White House

Putting Americans In Control of Their Health Care | The White House

Important discussions on Health Care issues that affect us all in United States

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Shakira Goes to Washington – Video

Shakira continua llevando a Colombia la “Esperanza de un mejor Futuro”

Shakira Goes to Washington – Video

Shakira continua llevando a Colombia la “Esperanza de un mejor Futuro”

Posted via web from Redes Colombia

The President’s Proposal puts American families and small business owners in control of their own health care. | The White House

The President’s Proposal puts American families and small business owners in control of their own health care.

Over the past year the House and the Senate have been working on an effort to provide health insurance reform that lowers costs, guarantees choices, and enhances quality health care for all Americans. Building on that year-long effort, the President has now put forth a proposal that incorporates the work the House and the Senate have done and adds additional ideas from Republican members of Congress. The President has long said he is open to any good ideas for reforming our health care system, and he looks forward to discussing ideas for further improvements from Republicans and Democrats at an open, bipartisan meeting on Thursday.  

The proposal will make health care more affordable, make health insurers more accountable, expand health coverage to all Americans, and make the health system sustainable, stabilizing family budgets, the Federal budget, and the economy: 

  • It makes insurance more affordable by providing the largest middle class tax cut for health care in history, reducing premium costs for tens of millions of families and small business owners who are priced out of coverage today.  This helps over 31 million Americans afford health care who do not get it today – and makes coverage more affordable for many more. 
  • It sets up a new competitive health insurance market giving tens of millions of Americans the exact same insurance choices that members of Congress will have.  
  • It brings greater accountability to health care by laying out commonsense rules of the road to keep premiums down and prevent insurance industry abuses and denial of care.  
  • It will end discrimination against Americans with pre-existing conditions.
  • It puts our budget and economy on a more stable path by reducing the deficit by $100 billion over the next ten years – and about $1 trillion over the second decade – by cutting government overspending and reining in waste, fraud and abuse.

Key Provisions in the President’s Proposal:

The President’s Proposal builds off of the legislation that passed the Senate and improves on it by bridging key differences between the House and the Senate as well as by incorporating Republican provisions that strengthen the proposal.

One key improvement, for example, is eliminating the Nebraska FMAP provision and providing significant additional Federal financing to all States for the expansion of Medicaid.  For America’s seniors, the proposal completely closes the Medicare prescription drug “donut hole” coverage gap.  It strengthens the Senate bill’s provisions that make insurance affordable for individuals and families, while also strengthening the provisions to fight fraud, waste, and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid to save taxpayer dollars.  The threshold for the excise tax on the most expensive health plans will be raised from $23,000 for a family plan to $27,500 and will start in 2018 for all such plans.  And another important idea included is improving insurance protections for consumers and creating a new Health Insurance Rate Authority to review and rein in unreasonable rate increases and other unfair practices of insurance plans. 

What’s new that can affect us all?

The President’s Proposal puts American families and small business owners in control of their own health care. | The White House

Over the past year the House and the Senate have been working on an effort to provide health insurance reform that lowers costs, guarantees choices, and enhances quality health care for all Americans. Building on that year-long effort, the President has now put forth a proposal that incorporates the work the House and the Senate have done and adds additional ideas from Republican members of Congress. The President has long said he is open to any good ideas for reforming our health care system, and he looks forward to discussing ideas for further improvements from Republicans and Democrats at an open, bipartisan meeting on Thursday.

The proposal will make health care more affordable, make health insurers more accountable, expand health coverage to all Americans, and make the health system sustainable, stabilizing family budgets, the Federal budget, and the economy:

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Obama Then and Now – One year later

We invite you to analyze Obama @ One Year of his Presidency.

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Declaración del Presidente Obama debe entenderse como señal de confianza en Colombia: Uribe

El Jefe de Estado destacó el discurso del Mandatario estadounidense, donde afirmó que espera fortalecer las relaciones comerciales con Colombia. Así mismo, señaló que confía en que se abra el camino para que rápidamente se dé la ratificación del Tratado de Libre Comercio en el Congreso americano.

Fuente: Presidencia.gov.co

Declaraciones del Presidente Uribe durante su asistencia al Foro Economico Mundial en Davos, Suiza 27 -29 de Enero

State of the Union Address – Live from the White House

Watch Obama and his 2nd State of the Union Address to the Nation

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Obama defends war at Nobel Peace Prize ceremony

Momento historico para el mundo. Obama recibe Premio Nobel de la Paz 2009

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The New Way Forward – The President’s Address | The White House

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Colombia presente en las Naciones Unidas

Septiembre 21 - 25 2009 64a Asamblea General de la Organizacion de las Naciones Unidas

Foto: Presidencia de la República de Colombia

United Nations live Broadcast

United Nations live Broadcast

“We understand the gravity of the climate threat. We are determined to act,” Mr. Obama told a United Nations meeting on climate change in New York. “And we will meet our responsibility to future generations.”

Mr. Obama sought to inject urgency into the negotiations, saying living standards and the health of the planet are at stake.

“The threat from climate change is serious, it is urgent, and it is growing,” he said. “Our generation’s response to this challenge will be judged by history, for if we fail to meet it — boldly, swiftly, and together — we risk consigning future generations to an irreversible catastrophe.”

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Obama – Joint Congress speech on Health Care Reform

Here are the details that every American needs to know about this plan:

First, if you are among the hundreds of millions of Americans who already have health insurance through your job, Medicare, Medicaid, or the VA, nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have. Let me repeat this: nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have.

What this plan will do is to make the insurance you have work better for you. Under this plan, it will be against the law for insurance companies to deny you coverage because of a pre-existing condition. As soon as I sign this bill, it will be against the law for insurance companies to drop your coverage when you get sick or water it down when you need it most. They will no longer be able to place some arbitrary cap on the amount of coverage you can receive in a given year or a lifetime. We will place a limit on how much you can be charged for out-of-pocket expenses, because in the United States of America, no one should go broke because they get sick. And insurance companies will be required to cover, with no extra charge, routine checkups and preventive care, like mammograms and colonoscopies – because there’s no reason we shouldn’t be catching diseases like breast cancer and colon cancer before they get worse. That makes sense, it saves money, and it saves lives.

That’s what Americans who have health insurance can expect from this plan – more security and stability.

Now, if you’re one of the tens of millions of Americans who don’t currently have health insurance, the second part of this plan will finally offer you quality, affordable choices. If you lose your job or change your job, you will be able to get coverage. If you strike out on your own and start a small business, you will be able to get coverage. We will do this by creating a new insurance exchange – a marketplace where individuals and small businesses will be able to shop for health insurance at competitive prices. Insurance companies will have an incentive to participate in this exchange because it lets them compete for millions of new customers. As one big group, these customers will have greater leverage to bargain with the insurance companies for better prices and quality coverage. This is how large companies and government employees get affordable insurance. It’s how everyone in this Congress gets affordable insurance. And it’s time to give every American the same opportunity that we’ve given ourselves.

This is the plan I’m proposing. It’s a plan that incorporates ideas from many of the people in this room tonight – Democrats and Republicans. And I will continue to seek common ground in the weeks ahead. If you come to me with a serious set of proposals, I will be there to listen. My door is always open.

But know this: I will not waste time with those who have made the calculation that it’s better politics to kill this plan than improve it. I will not stand by while the special interests use the same old tactics to keep things exactly the way they are. If you misrepresent what’s in the plan, we will call you out. And I will not accept the status quo as a solution. Not this time. Not now.

Everyone in this room knows what will happen if we do nothing. Our deficit will grow. More families will go bankrupt. More businesses will close. More Americans will lose their coverage when they are sick and need it most. And more will die as a result. We know these things to be true.

That is why we cannot fail. Because there are too many Americans counting on us to succeed – the ones who suffer silently, and the ones who shared their stories with us at town hall meetings, in emails, and in letters.

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