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POTUS Events: Focus on Health Care

President Obama receives his presidential briefing at 9:30 a.m. and his economic briefing at 9:50 a.m. this morning.

At 12:15 p.m., Obama will deliver brief remarks on the state of health-care reform. Following the address, he will meet with members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee at 1:20 p.m. The committee is currently crafting a version of health-care legislation. President Obama will meet with Defense Secretary Robert Gates at 4:30 p.m.

This evening, at 7:30 p.m., the Obamas will host an event at the White House celebrating country music.

White Press Secretary Robert Gibbs will hold the press briefing at 1:45 p.m.

Check out our Federal City Digest for a rundown of other noteworthy events around town.

By editors  |  July 21, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
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The healthcare reform bill released by the House Of Representatives is an excellent bill as I understand it. It's a bill with a strong, robust, government-run public option, and an intelligent, reasonable initial funding plan to cover almost all of the American people. It is carefully written, and thoughtfully constructed, informed, prudent and wise. This bill will save trillions of dollars, and millions of your lives. It is also now supported by the AMA.

This is the type of bill that all Americans can feel good about. And this is the type of bill that has the potential to dramatically improve the quality of healthcare for all Americans. Rich, middle class and poor a like. Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and all other party affiliations. This bill has the potential to dramatically improve the quality of life of every American.

The house healthcare bill should be viewed as the minimum GOLD STANDARD by which all other proposed healthcare legislation should be judged. All supporters of true high quality healthcare reform should now place all your support behind this healthcare reform bill released by the United States House Of Representatives, as the minimum Gold standard for healthcare reform in America.

You should all now support this bill with all your might, and all of your unrelenting tenacity. This healthcare bill is a VERY, VERY GOOD! bill for all of the American people. Fight tooth, and nail for every bit of this bill if you have too. Be aggressive, creative, and relentless for this bill.

From this time forward, go BIGGER and DEEPER with the American people every day until passage of healthcare reform with a robust, government-run public option.

FIGHT!! like your life and the lives of your loved ones depends on it. BECAUSE IT DOES!


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Jack Smith — Working Class

Posted by: JackSmith1 | July 21, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

I have been studying health care economics since the 70s and been working in the field since. I am a self employed international HR consultant who has done work on healthcare in 30 countries. Here are some ideas for saving money and improving health care outcomes in the US. 1. Standardize world prices of pharmaceuticals - there is no reason that countries like the UK and France should pay $20 for Zithromax when the US must pay $100. 2. Funnel money for consumer advertising on Viagara into reducing prices. Pharm companies spend more on consumer advertising than Coca cola and most consumers aren't qualified to make decisions. Driving demand on drugs like Vioxx doesn't improve health outcomes. 3. Reduce waste in the health insurance and administration industry. Insurance brokers get paid 25% to sell insurance. There is a hopelessly convoluted and complex vortex of extremely error prone and expensive to maintain administrivia behind providing health care services. Standardizing would improve care and save money. 4. Hospitals often have receivables of 40% - no business with this model is sustainable. The people with insurance end up subsidizing those without anyway, but more inefficiently than through some sort of managed model. Providing free preventative and general care will reduce expensive emergency visits (not to mention save pain and suffering). 5. Don't do this on the backs of small business. We have a small business and pay $1400 per month for our family cover which does NOT include pharmaceuticals. I had an asthma attack in the US, $700 for meds, same thing in France - great care and $30, same thing in Canada - great care and $20. The US pays more for less than any other country. People like us pay more for drugs than people who work for large companies or Medicare. Insurance companies, providers and pharmaceuticals will all fight for their piece of the pay. The reform bill will cost more unless the interest groups above find a way to curb excess and improve efficiency. I'm beginning to feel like Joe the Plumber.

Posted by: kathy28 | July 21, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

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