THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 4, 2009
DAILY GUIDANCE AND PRESS SCHEDULE FOR
THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2009
Tomorrow morning, President Obama will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, Economic Daily Briefing and meet with senior advisors in the Oval Office. These meetings are closed press.
In the afternoon, the President will deliver remarks to open the White House Forum on Health Reform in the East Room. The remarks are open press, but all riser positions have been allocated. Following the remarks, participants will break out into several groups to discuss ideas on how to bring down health care costs and increase coverage. All sessions will have writer pools present (all positions have been assigned), including one session which will have pooled footage by C-SPAN. Please contact C-SPAN which has opted to share footage with other television media outlets. Additional information about the forum is included at the end of this email.
Later in the afternoon, the President will meet with Treasury Secretary Geithner in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.
To conclude the forum, the President will hold a dialogue with forum participants in the East Room. This event will be open press, but all riser positions have been allocated.
Demonstrating the Obama Administration's commitment to rebuilding New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, President Obama is sending Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan to tour the Gulf Coast to assess rebuilding efforts. The President's choice to lead FEMA, Florida's Director of Emergency Management, Craig Fugate will appear with Secretary Napolitano and Secretary Donovan at a noon local time press event in New Orleans tomorrow.
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9:00AM Pool Call Time
9:30AM THE PRESIDENT receives Presidential Daily Briefing
10:00AM THE PRESIDENT receives Economic Daily Briefing
10:30AM THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors
1:00PM THE PRESIDENT delivers opening remarks at the White House Forum on Health Reform
Open Press (Pre-Set 12:00PM - Final Gather 12:30PM - North Doors of the Palm Room)
2:30PM THE PRESIDENT meets with Treasury Secretary Geithner
4:00PM THE PRESIDENT holds a dialogue with forum participants
Open Press (Pre-Set 3:00PM - Final Gather 3:30PM - North Doors of the Palm Room)
2:00PM Briefing by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs
White House Forum on Health Reform Overview
President Obama will deliver remarks to open the White House Forum on Health Reform in the East Room this afternoon. Coverage of that session is open press. Following the opening session, attendees will break out into several groups to discuss ideas on how to bring down health care costs and increase coverage. Following those discussions, the President will reassemble the participants for a closing session in the East Room. He will engage participants in a dialogue.
There are approximately 150 Forum attendees - including Members of Congress, representatives from health care stakeholder groups, including labor, business, providers, insurers and grassroots organizations, and several key members of the Administration.
Melody Barnes, Director of Domestic Policy Council, will welcome attendees.
The President will deliver remarks to open the Forum.
The President will also make remarks during the closing session.
Brief Background on White House Forum on Health Reform:
· The White House Forum on Health Reform represents the next step in the Administration's strategy to enact health care reform. The Forum will bring together the people who have a stake in our health care system and the people who have the ability to change it; those who worked to pass health care reform a decade ago and those who worked to defeat it.
· Like the Fiscal Responsibility Summit, the White House Forum on Health Reform is an important first step in the process to enact comprehensive health care reform. Learning the lessons of past efforts, the President is starting by bringing diverse and bi-partisan stakeholders together for a substantive and transparent discussion consistent with the principles he has laid out.
· Participants will be asked to work together and offer up ideas to bring down costs and increase coverage for all Americans. The President will ask for the best ideas and the best ways to make reform happen.
· While the people around the table - Republicans, Democrats, insurance companies, labor, doctors and patient advocates - may not agree on everything, having them around the table is a critical, but first step in this process.