WASHINGTON--President Obama pushes ahead with his health care system reform agenda on Monday. He meets with business and consumer stakeholders and then delivers remarks on reforming the health care system to reduce costs at 12:30 p.m. eastern.
An excerpt from Obama's remarks today:
"We cannot continue down the same dangerous road weve been traveling for so many years, with costs that are out of control, because reform is not a luxury that can be postponed, but a necessity that cannot wait.
"It is a recognition that the fictional television couple, Harry and Louise, who became the iconic faces of those who opposed health care reform in the 90s, desperately need health care reform in 2009. And so does America.
"That is why these groups are voluntarily coming together to make an unprecedented commitment. Over the next ten years - from 2010 to 2019 - they are pledging to cut the growth rate of national health care spending by 1.5 percentage points each year - an amount thats equal to over $2 trillion."
Obama, February 24, 2009:
"I suffer no illusions that this will be an easy process. It will be hard. But I also know that nearly a century after Teddy Roosevelt first called for reform, the cost of our health care has weighed down our economy and the conscience of our nation long enough. So let there be no doubt: health care reform cannot wait, it must not wait, and it will not wait another year."
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 10, 2009
DAILY GUIDANCE AND PRESS SCHEDULE FOR
MONDAY, MAY 11, 2009
In the morning, the President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, the Economic Daily Briefing, and meet with senior advisors in the Oval Office. These meetings are closed press.
Later in the morning, the President will meet with health care reform stakeholders in the Roosevelt Room. This meeting is closed press. The President will then deliver remarks on reforming the health care system to reduce costs in room 350 in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. This event will be pooled for TV and open to correspondents.
In the afternoon, the President will welcome the University of North Carolina's men's basketball team to the White House. This event is open press.
In-Town Travel Pool
Wires: AP, Reuters, Bloomberg
Wire Photos: AP, Reuters, AFP
TV Corr & Crew: ABC
Print: Gannett News
Radio: Talk Radio
Magazine Photo: TIME
9:00AM Pool Call Time
9:45AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
10:05AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Economic Daily Briefing
10:45AM THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors
11:30AM THE PRESIDENT meets with health care reform stakeholders
12:30PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks on reforming the health care system to reduce costs
Pooled TV, Open to correspondents (Pre-set 11:30AM - Final Gather 12:00PM - Stakeout Location)
2:00PM THE PRESIDENT welcomes the University of North Carolina men's basketball team to the White House
Open Press (Pre-Set 1:00PM - Final Gather 1:30PM - North Doors of the Palm Room)
1:00PM Briefing by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs