Health care reform is one of the most debatable and hot button topics in Washington and around the country. While many see Obama’s proposed plan as a solution to current health care issues, others see it as a step in the wrong direction. This is why President Obama put together a bipartisan health care summit that brings together the two arguing parties, but also opens discourse between them in hopes that some compromise can be found.
The summit takes place over a six-hour period in which Democrats and Republicans will come together to share their feelings, ideas, and plans on the health care issue. President Obama will somewhat act as a moderator during the proceedings in order to listen to both sides of the argument while also helping dialogue run smoothly between the two very different parties. Most Democrats were eager to bring their suggestions to the summit, but many Republicans were hesitant to accept their invitation to the open forum. Some even felt as if they were walking into a democratic created trap and stayed away completely.
While the health care reform summit may open talks between the two parties on the issue, compromise does look quite unlikely. Many feel that the summit is just more political jargon between the parties that will do nothing more than just waste time and keep the bill from ever getting done. However, President Obama realizes that health care reform is a serious issue that needs serious discussion and that opening up discussion may be the only way to calm the bickering and finally get real results.
The Padma Vibhushan Award is the second highest civilian honor in India and an amazing honor for any citizen of the country. The award consists of a medal that is bestowed by the President of India and, back in 2001, Niranjan Shah was nominated for this prestigious award. The nomination for Padma Vibhushan Award came with many recommendations from heads of state and noteworthy people who were pulling for him to achieve this great honor. Former President Bill Clinton wrote in his recommendation that he had been grateful to know Shah and all the work that he has done. The former President went on to speak about Shah’s fundraising for needy causes like the American Indian Foundation (where Shah provided over 200,000 pounds of food and supplies to needy people) among other efforts and organizations. Just to be nominated for the Padma Vibhushan Award and recommended by different heads of state shows how influential and important Niranjan Shah is to his home country of India and the world.
President Obama’s first State of the Union comes as the time when his Union is at crucial and struggling time. However, with great hardships comes great action and leadership and that is what the President tried to stress. The President went on to say that job creation and recovering the economy would be his top priority and number one focus in the upcoming year. Obama also emphasized that his agenda still had the solutions to lead this country out of one of it’s greatest recessions. Yet, the President also had a great deal of humility by stating that he had made some mistakes in his first year, but vowed that his campaign promises wouldn’t be in vain. He also commented on party politics saying that it was time for Democrats and Republicans to end their bickering and work together on the country’s long-term problems and goals like that of health care reform. In his first State of the Union, President Obama realized that the country is going through hard times, but he also realizes that this is the time when the country gets to see who it really is, what it can truly accomplish, and that he is still the President to lead us out of the dark and into the bright future.
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