Well, it's happened. President Barack Obama has been re-elected. After first threatening to fight, Mitt Romney conceded. So what does this actually mean? What will four more years under President Barack Obama mean for the moms in America, the families in America?
More than who the president is, I think the average American cares about what the president can do for them. I know I do. I had my daughter in mind (and by my side) as I cast my vote. And keeping Obama in office protects a range of benefits for moms and families. Check them out:
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Now we know that Obamacare is safe; Romney can't repeal it. And in case you haven't already looked into the health care bill passed under the Obama administration, it has ensured 3.1 million young adults can stay on their parents' health insurance plans even after they graduate from high school.
It has made it so anyone with a pre-existing condition can get health insurance, including 17.6 million children! Health care reform has also ensured 47 million American women have access to preventative care that they couldn't access before the bill was passed.
The Romney tax plan was never exactly clear, but when Obama said earlier this year that taxes on families are lower on families then they have been in 50 years, the fact checkers at PolitiFact rated it "mostly true." And the Obama plan aims to have the average family save $2,200 on taxes next year.
Romney won't be able to put in place his plan to use federal vouchers to pay private and parochial school tuitions. That means the federal government won't be pulling monies sent to schools to help kids with disabilities and using it to take kids out of the system.
Instead we'll see the Obama administration's Race to the Top grant competition to motivate schools continue, and we'll see states continue to get waivers to escape the costs of No Child Left Behind. If your kid is headed for college in the next four years, you should be glad Obama will be sticking around. He's working to keep tuitions down, and he worked with Congress to keep the federal student loan interest rate from making a huge jump this past year.
The Romney/Ryan ticket was gunning for women's rights, but the re-election of the president means private health insurance companies will continue to be mandated to give women access to birth control.
And with two Supreme Court justices expected to retire in the next four years, President Obama has a chance to make appointments that will protect Roe v. Wade.
That's just a taste of course! There's plenty more to come under our new (old) president!
What are you happy to see will be sticking around? How will President Obama's next term affect your family?
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