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President Obama official schedule and guidance, March 5, 2009. First White House health care forum

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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

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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.

Intown Travel Pool

Wires: AP, Reuters, Bloomberg

Wire Photos: AP, Reuters, AFP

TV Corr & Crew: FOX

Print: Christian Science Monitor

Radio: CBS

Magazine Photo: Newsweek

EST

9:00AM Pool Call Time

9:30AM THE PRESIDENT receives Presidential Daily Briefing

Oval Office

Closed Press

10:00AM THE PRESIDENT receives Economic Daily Briefing

Oval Office

Closed Press

10:30AM THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors

Oval Office

Closed Press

1:00PM THE PRESIDENT delivers opening remarks at the White House Forum on Health Reform

East Room

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

Oval Office

Closed Press

4:00PM THE PRESIDENT holds a dialogue with forum participants

East Room

Open Press (Pre-Set 3:00PM - Final Gather 3:30PM - North Doors of the Palm Room)

Briefing Schedule

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.

Speaking Program:

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.

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4 Comments

Fascinating stuff! Thanks, as always, for this info, Ms. Sweet! Cheers!

stem cell resurch could be a way to bring health care cost down, with new ways to treat a number of health problems.

I would be totally impressed if he signed the Executive Order authorizing government funding for Stem Cell Research. What a perfect forum for it!

I think the first HEALTH reform needs to be stop killing babies, (I'm sure you will agree it's not healthy, especially for the babies). Obama says, America does not torture! He must have been talking about someone that could actually do great harm to our country like terrorist. Abortion is not torture? It's to bad our babies don't have the same rights as the terrorist, the last time I checked no babies had ever crashed a plane into a Trade Center, but he has no problem killing HEALTHY babies by the thousands, just a thought.

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