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President Obama greets Rabbi Niederman

North Brooklyn Leader Lands Meeting with President Obama

BY Tanay Warerkar

For his tireless efforts promoting the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Williamsburg, Rabbi David Niederman earned a meeting with the President of the United States, Barack Obama, last week.

The Executive Director of the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn (UJO) was invited by the President to a meeting of stakeholders on Thursday – a group of people who had been instrumental in promoting the Affordable Care Act through outreach and by encouraging enrollment.

“It was an honor to join the President and the First Lady celebrating the Affordable Care Act,” said Niederman. “The President’s heart-felt remarks showed how personal they felt about making sure health coverage and access to quality health care is attainable to all.”

The event was held in honor of the completion of the first enrollment period, and to celebrate achievements of the new law thus far, which already oversees the health care needs of 8 million people, according to a White House official.

Some of the noted public personalities in attendance at Thursday’s event included Vice President Joe Biden, former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Labor Secretary Tom Perez, and the White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.

UJO has been at the forefront of promoting the ACA law in North Brooklyn. Just one of the various social services the organization provides includes offering assistance in enrolling and understanding the various subsidized health insurance plans available to individuals and families. The organization has been working in tandem with the federal government and New York State’s Health Plan Marketplace to enroll community members in both public and private healthcare plans.

In an interview with the Jewish daily, Hamodia, Obama’s Jewish Community Liason, Matt Nosanchuk singled out the work of the UJO in regards to its efforts relating to the Affordable Care Act.


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