Coming This Spring: Health Care Forums in the States
By Ceci Connolly
Hoping to keep up public pressure for a sweeping health care overhaul this year, the White House announced today that several governors will host town-hall style forums on the subject this spring.
At least two Republican governors -- California's Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Douglas of Vermont -- plan to participate in the sessions.
"The time for reform is now and these regional forums are some of the key first steps toward breaking the stalemate we have been stuck in for far too long," President Obama said in a statement. "The forums will bring together diverse groups of people all over the country who have a stake in reforming our health care system and ask them to put forward their best ideas about how we bring down costs and expand coverage for American families."
The announcement of the forums -- at least five are scheduled for March and April -- comes one day after Obama hosted a White House summit on health reform. The four hour bipartisan gabfest featured an array of industry and patient group representatives, as well as lawmakers.
In addition to California and Vermont, events are planned for Iowa, Michigan and North Carolina. The White House announcement promises an opening video by Obama at them -- not necessarily an in-person appearance.
Posted at 12:21 PM ET on Mar 6, 2009
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