The President's Accomplishments for Parents and Families

Making health insurance more affordable

Access to quality, affordable health care is part of the foundation of middle-class security. President Obama has provided families with more stability and control as they begin their careers and start families.

  • The Affordable Care Act allows young Americans to stay on their parents’ insurance plan up to age 26—and 3.1 million more young Americans now have health coverage.

  • 17 million children with pre-existing conditions like asthma and diabetes can no longer be denied health insurance.

  • All new insurance plans are now required to cover certain preventive services, like immunizations, routine check-ups, and prenatal care, without charging a co-pay or deductible.

  • The Child Health Insurance Program Reauthorization will expand health insurance to an additional 4 million children.

  • Now, if your insurance company doesn’t spend at least 80% of your premium dollars on your family’s health care, you’ll get a rebate.

Strengthening education

President Obama knows first-hand the economic importance of education, and he’s taken steps to make sure children have great educators and opportunities to learn throughout their lives.

  • At the start of his administration, President Obama expanded Head Start and Early Head Start to reach 64,000 more children and families.

  • The Race to the Top initiative is encouraging states to improve high school graduation rates and ensure students are prepared for collage and careers.

  • President Obama has provided states more flexibility in measuring school performance, freeing them from the Bush-era “No Child Left Behind” program.

Expanding access to college

President Obama believes that every American should have a chance at a college education, and he’s taken big steps to make college more affordable for families.

  • Funding for Pell Grants has doubled, making scholarships available to nearly 4 million more students.

  • The American Opportunity Tax Credit, which provides as much as $10,000 over four years of college, helped 9.4 million students and families in 2011.

  • President Obama successfully fought to keep federal student loan interest rates from doubling for 7.4 million students.

  • Starting as soon as this year, income-based federal student loan payments will be capped at 10% of the borrower’s disposable income, benefitting more than 1.6 million Americans.

Standing up for teachers and first responders

President Obama has fought to keep teachers in schools and police officers, firefighters, and other first responders on the streets.

  • President Obama’s economic recovery initiatives supported roughly 400,000 education jobs.

  • Thanks to the COPS Hiring Grants and President Obama’s Recovery Act, communities were able to hire or retain 8,508 law enforcement officers.

Promoting workplace flexibility

President Obama knows that workplace flexibility is an issue that affects entire families, as well as the success of our businesses.

  • The Obama administration is working to make the federal government a model employer, promoting teleworking and flexible work schedules.

  • President Obama expanded the Family and Medical Leave Act to include same-sex partners and other family types, to ensure that employees caring for children receive parent rights regardless of the legal or biological relationship.

Ensuring future generations have clean air and water

We don’t have to choose between our environment and our economy. President Obama has made historic investments in clean energy programs, while taking steps to protect our environment for future generations.

  • President Obama has proposed a Clean Energy Standard that would require us to generate 80% of our electricity from a diverse set of clean energy sources by 2035.

  • Fuel efficiency standards will nearly double fuel economy for cars to 54.5 mpg by 2025, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 6 billion metric tons, and saving families thousands of dollars at the pump.

  • President Obama signed one of the largest expansions of wilderness protections in a generation, setting aside more than 2 million acres as protected wilderness.

  • The first-ever national standards for mercury, arsenic, and other toxic air pollution from power plants will save up to 11,000 lives each year and limit pollutants that can impair children’s ability to learn.

Making sure hard work pays off

President Obama understands the difference that even a few dollars a month can make for families. That’s why he’s cut taxes for every American worker, and taken major steps to help women obtain equal pay for equal work—an important issue that will help strengthen entire families.

  • The President has already cut taxes for a typical family by $3,600 since taking office—helping families send their kids to college, buy their first home, pay for health care and child care.

  • The President signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, helping women fight back when they don’t receive equal pay for equal work.

  • The President is fighting to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would give women additional tools to fight pay discrimination.

Equality for all families

President Obama believes that all children should grow up with the same rights and opportunities, no matter who they are. He’s expanded opportunity for every American by taking steps to level the playing field so everybody plays by the same rules.

  • President Obama repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” ensuring that no one ever again has to lie about who they are to serve the country they love.

  • President Obama is the first sitting president to publicly announce his support for marriage equality, standing with same-sex couples and their families.

  • The Department of Justice revised the Americans with Disabilities Act rules to ensure newly designed, built, or renovated public facilities are accessible to all Americans.