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President Obama official schedule and guidance, Aug. 20, 2009. Smerconish, health care


Office of the Press Secretary
August 19, 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.

In the afternoon, the President will appear on Michael Smerconish's radio program, which will broadcast live from the Diplomatic Reception Room. This is pooled press.

Later, the President will participate in the Organizing for America National Health Care Forum at the DNC Headquarters. This event is pooled press.

In-Town Travel Pool
Wires: AP, Reuters, Bloomberg
Wire Photos: AP, Reuters, AFP
TV Corr & Crew: CBS
Print: Newsday
Radio: VOA
Magazine Photo: New York Times


9:00AM Pool Call Time

9:30AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
Oval Office
Closed Press

9:50AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Economic Daily Briefing
Oval Office
Closed Press

10:30AM THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors
Oval Office
Closed Press

1:10PM THE PRESIDENT appears on Michael Smerconish's radio program
Diplomatic Reception Room
Pooled Press (Pre-set 11:30AM - Final Gather 12:45PM - North Doors of the Palm Room)

2:45PM THE PRESIDENT participates in the Organizing for America National Health Care Forum
DNC Headquarters
Pooled Press (Gather Time 2:00PM - North Doors of the Palm Room)

Briefing Schedule

1:30PM Briefing by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs



In spite of the highest annual health plan cost per employee, the revolutionary mandatory-coverage plan in Massachusetts was enacted in 2006 and more than 97% of all Massachusetts residents are now covered -- whereas nationally some 40% of Americans have no health insurance.

Even though the state is suffering financially due to the highest premiums, without the affordable public option and removing all kinds of wastes etc, it achieved near universal health program.

I think now is the time to consider sustainable power for Now and the Future as time does not fix energy depletion.

No More Health Catrina !

Let's set up the Equation !

1. All across the spectrum share the urgent need for the reform as the course today is financially unsustainable. By the way, how do we pay for it ?
Let's make it affordable while improving quality.

2. Of all choices on the table, saving via efficiency is the best, and Removing Wastes alone is Enough to Meet the Goal.

As one instance, please visit, you will be stunned !

No one knows just how much medical fraud there is, and estimates range from $600 to $6000 billion over the next decade lost to it.
And, in May 2009, the Obama administration announced a new task force made up of officials from the Department of Justice and the Department of Health
and Human Services to work on health care fraud.

3. Enough Room For Savings !

Many reformers recognized roughly 30 percent of all health-care spending in the U.S. -some $700 billion a year- might be wasted on medical abuse, unnecessary procedures, unnecessary visits to the doctor, overpriced pharmaceuticals, bloated insurance companies, and the most inefficient paper billing systems imaginable, and payment reform could solve this problem.

Provided the American people pay around twice the amount of the efficient systems, the result is still well below them, the ratio of waste might be estimated to reach far more than 50% in the U.S.

Let's be conservative regarding the ratio. Even If as little as 10% of savings apply to the combined Medicare and Medicaid cost of $923.5bn per year, as of July, the savings of $923.5bn over the next decade are possible.

And when these savings add to the already allocated $583 billion, the savings of wastes involving so called "doughnut hole" , the unnecessary subsidies for insurers, medical abuse, exorbitant costs by the tragic ER visits etc, the concern over revenue might be a thing of the past.

As a matter of fact, with the promising redesign in the pipeline, some patient-focused clinics in 10 regions have already achieved 16% of savings in Medicare while their quality scores are well above average.

Please be 'sure' to visit for credible evidences !

Thankfully, the provisions in the reform include more expansive, systematic policies such as 'a patient's outcome-based payment system' than they have. I for one firmly believe this American innovation, 'a patient's outcome-based payment system' , is capable of turning profit-oriented practices into patient-focused system / value.
Dr. Armadio at Mayo clinic says, "If we got rid of that stuff (waste), we save a third of all that we spend and that is 2.5 trillion dollars on health care. A third of that and that is 700 billion dollars a year. That covers a lot of uninsured people."
Please visit for detailed infos

-- Americans' Best Friends Are The Envy Of The Planet ! --
-- Except For The Underinsured, The Uninsured Alone Outnumber The Entire Population In Canada --

4. Some say, if the reform package is affordable and improve quality, then the inflation/bankruptcy-oriented market can not last, thereby competition should begin with our unfair, unsustainable market value, or let's make another insurer-friendly scheme, even though the inflation/bankruptcy-oriented market share the need for change.


The runaway premium similar to the peak fuel price last year and left so many folks in despair insists on staying the course with the attitude 'unchanged', clearly this trend could bankrupt individual, business, and government. Now the government subsequently is tasked with these two main assignments, first, to address premium inflation, second, to expand coverage to all in urgent need.

In order to cover all and not to add to the deficit, the public option can not set the same rates of private market, rather, it needs to have BALANCING function to keep it in check in terms of INFLATION, too. Unfortunately, this 'unavoidable' direction is being aggressively accused by the runaway premium, citing government 'take-over' .

Under the circumstances the energy bill to determine human future and the other major issues are presently piled up, who wants to waste time making enemies ?, which also does not benefit the forthcoming election.

with the heartbreaking tears in mind (Nearly 11 Million Cancer Patients Without Health Insurance), private market also needs changes and should join together to complete this reform , as promised, otherwise, the runaway premium only has itself to blame while new firms are filling the void with competitive deals.
And It can be said that fair competition starts with a fair, sustainable market value.

However, the plan in the House is designed to keep people in an employer-based health insurance system, and the public option would be offered to those for whom employer-provided insurance is not available. And job-based coverage (indirect payment) mandate code, and ample capital, reduced ER costs, IT base to streamline the administrative processes and trim the costs might be favorable to the private market. Over time, supposedly, the public plan will concentrate more on basic, primary cares, and the private insurers will provide their clients with differentiated services.

Let me repeat; No More Health Catrina, No More Bankruptcy Of Middle Class !

-- Americans' Best Friends Are The Envy Of The Planet ! --
-- Except For The Underinsured, The Uninsured Alone Outnumber The Entire Population In Canada --

Thank You !

I see nothing mentioned about the extreme cost of malpractice insurance on care providers. Nothing in the Democratic health care plans are addressing tort reform and malpractice claims abuse. I can see THAT saving billions right off the bat. How many unnecessary procedures are scheduled because of fear that a misdiagnosis could be costly to the care giver? It is readily apparent in the increase of C sections performed by OB GYN's. My wife's OB GYN left this state (IL) because of fear of constant litigation. Reform needs to be done across the board without fear of offending the trial lawyers. When the Obama administration does the right thing and quits worrying about offending some of their biggest donors, then I will become a believer, also.

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