Promises about Families on The Obameter

Expand the child and dependent care credit


Expand and make refundable the child and dependent care credit.

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Require children to have health insurance coverage


"Require that all children have health care coverage. Barack Obama and Joe Biden will expand the number of options for young adults to get coverage by allowing young people up to age 25 to continue coverage through their parents' plans."


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Create a military families advisory board


"Consisting of experts and family representatives from each service, it would help identify and develop actionable policies to ease the burden on spouses and families. The board would provide an institutionalized conduit (presently missing) for the evolving concerns of military families to be brought to the attention of senior policymakers and the public."

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Make military deployments predictable for troops and families


"Establish regularity in deployments: so that active duty and reserves know what they must expect, rather than the current trend of changing the deployment schedules after they have left home, which harms the morale of troops and their families."


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Grant Americans unrestricted rights to visit family and send money to Cuba

"Cuban American connections to family in Cuba are not only a basic right in humanitarian terms, but also our best tool for helping to foster the beginnings of grassroots democracy on the island. Accordingly, as president, Obama will grant Cuban Americans unrestricted rights to visit family and send remittances to the island."

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Provide affordable, high-quality child care

"Will provide affordable and high-quality child care to ease the burden on working families."

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Sign the Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Families Act


Will sign into law the Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Families Act "to remove some of the government penalties on married families, crack down on men avoiding child support payments, ensure that support payments go to families instead of state bureaucracies, fund support services for fathers and their families, and support domestic violence prevention efforts."


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Increase efforts to reduce unintended pregnancy


"Obama will work to reduce unintended pregnancy by guaranteeing equity in contraceptive coverage, providing sex education and offering rape victims accurate information about emergency contraception."

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Launch a Children's First Agenda


"Obama will launch a Children's First Agenda that provides care, learning and support to families with children from birth up to 5 years old."


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Get his daughters a puppy


"The pledge is (Sasha and Malia) will get their dog, win or lose."


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Cut the cost of a typical family's health insurance premium by up to $2,500 a year


"I will sign a universal health care bill into law by the end of my first term as president that will cover every American and cut the cost of a typical family's premium by up to $2,500 a year."


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