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POTUS Events: Assessing the Health of the Nation

File Photo -- President Obama introduces Nancy-Ann DeParle, as director of the White House Office for Health Reform, March 2, 2009. This afternoon, DeParle will represent the Obama administration at the third Regional White House Forum on Health Reform. (Getty Images)

Today marks the third Regional White House Forum on Health Reform, in which policy experts, business executives and others tasked by President Obama to devise plans to improve our nation's health care system will gather to exchange ideas. The group will meet in Des Moines, Iowa and director of the White House Office on Health Reform Nancy-Ann DeParle will represent the administration.

In Washington, Obama receives his routine presidential briefing at 9:30 a.m. Vice President Biden and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner -- following his 8:45 a.m. briefing on the details of the administration's newly proposed Public Private Investment Program -- join Obama for his economic briefing at 11:15 a.m.

At 12:30 p.m., the president delivers remarks from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on his plans to invest in clean energy and new technology, as accounted for in his budget proposal. He meets with his senior advisers at 1:00 p.m.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs holds the daily press briefing at 2:30 p.m.

By Washington Post editors  |  March 23, 2009; 6:35 AM ET
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One way to understand the AIG bonus scandal is to apply a new yardstick to the function of the Administrators who will reap these rewards.
Suppose these men were in the field of precious jewels and were given the task of delivering a several million dollar pouch to a group of merchants in Los Angles from a group in Boston.
Now these couriers would have to be extremely special people. Men and women who know how to safeguard their package from the thousands of eager diamond theives who would pocket and sell the stones on the black market.
First, try to conceive how many factors our delivery men would have to cope with--secret communications, secret identification elements--knowing one recipient or group of recipients to pass the stones on to.
These couriers would have to be very special people with knowedge of prcocess like nuclear scientists. Second, they must be people of absolute integrity, who would not feel tempted to tamper with the shipment or to steal parts of it.
They would deserve salaries that are almost equal to the packets they handle. They would have to be paid phenomenally high salaries, and awarded bonuses to encourage them to stay in the field.
Now...suppose that the recipients of the jewels become close to the courier....ask his advice about certain providers, ask what new contacts he could suggest.
Now....the big question--how do you keep this man, with so many thousands of secrets to reject the possibility of stealing the jewels...or passing along secrets to outsiders.
Considering the millions of dollars of precious stones, we would deserve a salary and bonus so large that he would not be tempted. And the merchants who use his service could pass along this remuneration as the cost of doing business.

Posted by: Tiresias1 | March 23, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

There's no difference in GOAL, only in STRATEGY!!

Posted by: dhorvath57 | March 23, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

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