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TheChat: Barack Obama says his family life has improved since he became president

Obama in the White House with his daughters
Obama in the White House with his daughters

Good morning.

▪ “People often ask me whether being President has made it more difficult to spend time with Michelle and our girls. But the surprising truth is that being in the White House has made our family life more “normal” than it’s ever been.” — President Barack Obama in an essay he wrote for Father’s Day on balancing work and career.

For example, the president writes that he and his staff block out time each evening at 6:30 so that he can have dinner with his family. The president has a mighty short commute from the Oval Office.

▪  “Like many mental health problems, a person suffering from an eating disorder may have no outward signs of their struggle. By requiring insurance companies to consider the comprehensive health needs of these individuals, and not just their weight, we can help Missourians struggling with these disorders receive the care they need to recover.” — Gov. Jay Nixon announcing that he had signed a bill that expands coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders.

According to the governor’s office, state law already requires insurance companies to cover treatment for mental health conditions, including eating disorders. However, many Missourians have had their claims denied and have difficulty appealing these decisions because of the lack of specific guidelines.

▪ “If the Supreme Court rules that the President’s health care law is unconstitutional, House Republicans will be ready with a plan to ensure that families who have been relying on the subsidies will be held harmless as we transition away from the president’s broken health care law.” — Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, a Topeka Republican, on the GOP plan to help those who would be hurt if the U.S. Supreme Court rules against the Affordable Care Act.

The court’s upcoming ruling is a big one. Republicans may want to help those hurt by any ruling, but that doesn’t mean they are getting soft on Obamacare. GOP legislators said they still want to get rid of it.

▪ “An accident.” — GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry referring to the South Carolina shootings.

A spokesman quickly clarified, saying the former Texas governor meant to say “incident.” But the candidate who can’t afford to make any mistakes because of his reputation as gaffe-prone has made one.