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President Obama talks on the phone with Astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis, May 20, 2009. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama receives his presidential and economic daily briefings at 9:30 and 9:50 a.m., respectively.

He will depart the White House at 11:15 a.m. and land in Portsmouth, N.H., at 12:40 p.m. At 1:00 p.m., Obama will hold a town hall meeting on health-care reform.

He will leave Portsmouth at 3:20 p.m., arriving back in Washington at 4:50 p.m.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs will gaggle with press on Air Force One.

Posted at 7:21 AM ET on Aug 11, 2009  | Category:  The Daybook
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I don't know how anybody can really say anything for or against ObamaCare... since we don't know anything about it. I mean nothing's been passed... I hear there are 3 different versions of "a bill" floating around. You ask lawmakers questions about it... they either don't know or they lie about it. All I know is there's no such thing as a free lunch!

http://www.UpYoursObama.com

Posted by: UpYoursObama | August 15, 2009 1:54 PM

WHAT I WANT tO KNOW IS WHATS BEING DONE TO HELP DISABLED BE MORE ABLE?
we all know Dept of Rehabs AND other state/LOCAL Social agencies are mostly BROKEN SYSTEMS.
BROKEN LONG BEFORE THEY WERE BROKE.

Any one in the whole USA to deal with VIOLATIONS OF REAHB ACT 504? not even doj ada advice line knows what it is.
No representation =no voice.

CA cut optional medical benefits like glasses and dental podiatrists Phd's... would help more disabled be able to work, but backfilled them for those who never will?!?

Posted by: macdoodle1 | August 13, 2009 10:14 AM

GOP...WANT some actual SCARE tactics?
Some REAL elitism and attacks against your life, liberty and happiness?
We'll see how "free" you feel when you find yourself uninsured because your job is history and the insurance companies decree you are not worthy of being insured.Or maybe because the insurance your union negotiated for before you retired has to weasle out of those promised benefits.

NOT passing healthcare reform means:

Insurance Companies will price your employer out of decent coverage OR force your employer to drop your insurance altogether.

Insurance Companies will increase your premiums every year you are insured by at least 10%.

Insurance companies will continue to deny coverage to those with pre-existing conditions.

Insurance companies will continue to deny contractual coverage to those they insure.

Insurance companies will continue to tell doctors how much they will pay for life-saving procedures...to the point where your physician won't even give you the option of knowing about your choices...why bother?

Insurance companies will only insure the young, the healthy, and the rich. All other quality care will evaporate because there's no profit in old people, the sick, and the unfortunate.

Posted by: blosmurph | August 11, 2009 3:45 PM

Go to www.whitehouse.gov/realitycheck/

Don't want government health care? Fine. Keep what you have and get out of the way so we fix this mess. Most Americans need single payer health care for all, most Americans want it, and most Americans will back the President and their representatives to pass it this year. And to those who object: Do you really think that your premiums won't spiral up dramatically after your insurance companies spend 1.4 million every day to fight progress and keep their monopoly? You'd have to be a fool to think otherwise.

Posted by: blosmurph | August 11, 2009 3:29 PM

When Obama was running for President, those of us familiar with Castro, Chavez, and the rest of the Marxist thugs who are destroying Latin America recognized Obama’s kinship with them.

Obama’s campaign strategy -- based on lies, manipulation, intimidation and fraud, with overwhelming support from a corrupt media -- was almost identical to the strategies of the Marxist thugs. Even his slogans (CHANGE and YES CAN) were the same.

However, many of us believed Americans were too smart to be fooled as the most ignorant Venezuelans, Bolivians, Ecuadorians had been fooled.

We were wrong. Many Americans had been dumbed down to the point that they were fooled, just like many Latin Americans had been fooled with promises of CHANGE to help to poor, to end corruption… to make everything better.

And now they are fooled again and are ready to let a Chavez-like Obama take control of their health care system!

Fortunately, not all Americans have been dumbed down, as we can see in the town halls! Most Americans prefer to be FREE.

Posted by: AntonioSosa | August 11, 2009 3:26 PM

Some of us who express opposition to Obama's health care position have been accused of being anti-black. I don't like it because Pelosi is involved. Does that make me a chauvinistic,"let's keep em barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen" anti-female? I guess so!

Posted by: saelij | August 11, 2009 1:54 PM

THIS IS IT!

More than two thirds of the American people want a single payer health care system. And if they cant have a single payer system 76% of all Americans want a strong government-run public option on day one (85% of democrats, 71% of independents, and 60% of republicans). Basically everyone.

AND NO INSURANCE MANDATES WITHOUT A STRONG GOVERNMENT-RUN PUBLIC OPTION ON DAY ONE! An insurance mandate without a strong government-run public option choice on day one, would be a DISASTER! And it would be worse than the GREED DRIVEN PRIVATE FOR PROFIT HEALTH INSURANCE HORROR! SHOW you have now. YOU MUST MAKE CERTAIN!! THAT DOES NOT HAPPEN AMERICA.

The healthcare reform bills released by the first two committees of the House Of Representatives are excellent bills as I understand them. They are bills with a strong, robust, government-run public option, and an intelligent, reasonable initial funding plan to cover almost all of the American people. They are carefully written, and thoughtfully constructed, informed, prudent and wise. These bills will save trillions of dollars, and millions of your lives. They are also now supported by the AMA.

These are the type of bills that all Americans can feel good about. And these are the type of bills that have 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. These bills have the potential to dramatically improve the quality of life of every American.

The house healthcare bills released by the first two committees 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 these healthcare reform bills released by the first two committees of the United States House Of Representatives, as the minimum Gold standard for healthcare reform in America.

You should all now support the first two committees bills with all your might, and all of your unrelenting tenacity. These first two House committees healthcare bills are VERY, VERY GOOD! bills for all of the American people. Fight tooth, and nail for every bit of these bills if you have too. Be aggressive, creative, and relentless for these bills.

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!

SPREAD THE WORD

Senator Bernie Sanders on healthcare (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSM8t_cLZgk&feature=player_embedded)

God Bless You

Jack Smith — Working Class

Posted by: JackSmith1 | August 11, 2009 1:52 PM

There's a good Video on YouTube that pretty 'splains ObamaCare

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_k9GpOEX54

Posted by: UpYoursObama | August 11, 2009 12:17 PM

It concerns me that people cannot sit down for a civil debate. My dad always used to say, "Let's agree to disagree". Each townhall meeting should be able to have both people for the bill and against the bill. The Senator should be able to give a brief presentation. Then there should be questions and answers from both sides of the issues. Not screaming and shouting.

At www.FaithfulinPrayer.wordpress.com, I'm detailing what the healthcare bill (h.r.3200) actually says. Come join the journey.

Posted by: FaithfulinPrayer | August 11, 2009 10:25 AM

The people who are the most vocal, the shouters and the screamers, do not have any intention for a health care debate.

They hate the President because he is black!!!

Posted by: hayden1 | August 11, 2009 10:15 AM

The empty suit is on the road again.

Question, how you do when Obama is lying?

Answer, his lips move.

Posted by: ComradeRahcuk | August 11, 2009 10:11 AM

Pretty pathetic-people defending the insurance companies and believing the BS spouted by people bought and paid for by insurance companies. As to those of you on Medicare, Medicaid, Tri-care shouting socialism- perhaps your government provided healthcare should be checking your mental status.

Posted by: silverspring25 | August 11, 2009 9:57 AM

To those who want defend the poor put-upon insurance companies:

How would you defend Scrushy and Health South? To those that don't remember them. Health South was an insurance company that was registered to do business and the owner funnelled much of the company's money into his own pockets or used it for "advertising" including videos and go-go girls.

Companies that are run for profit are not the best place to invest tax-payers dollars, they have managers and boards of directors that have their own personal agendas.

CB in Hamburg

Posted by: chrisbrown12 | August 11, 2009 9:41 AM

That is what we need. More face time for our over-exposed President. What will the teleprompter bring today? Nothing that will convince me that this government needs to be a major player in the healthcare business. They have a tough enough time just showing up to vote on bills. From my vantage point, public opinion has been pretty clear.

Posted by: donchew1 | August 11, 2009 9:38 AM

Time to gang up on the insurance companies I see. Recently they agreed to take patients with existing illnesses. They appear to want to work with the government. Polls show Americans fear government control more than the insurers. Why? Government programs are a disaster and people simply don't trust the government. When tort reform is part of the government's plan, competiting plans with merit from the opposition are considered and special interest groups like the unions are not given special consideration, then I will know the government is serious.

Posted by: saelij | August 11, 2009 9:17 AM
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So tort reform is all you want to fix? You know that only makes up about 1% of the cost of health care, and it is the only change that will help the insurance companies make more profit. It seems like you are on the side of the insurance companies and not the side of the everyday American who is struggling to afford the costs of health care.

Posted by: Independent4tw | August 11, 2009 9:28 AM

HEALTH CARE RABBLE-ROUSERS: THE SPAWN OF AN AMERICAN GESTAPO

MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow got to the nub of these phony protests last week when they correctly connected the dots between the anti- health care zealots and the teabaggers, the 2000 election recount "Brooks Brothers" demonstrators, and other hard-right rabble-rousing.

The foot soldiers in this ginned-up street theater don't have to be paid by the health care lobbyists who are providing logistical support and public relations muscle for their supposedly spontaneous grassroots uprising. Fact is, many of them appear to be affiliated with, and thus subsidized by, federally-funded community volunteer organizations...

...the same brownshirt-like vigilantes that comprise a highly organized American Gestapo that works with a secretive executive branch "multi-agency coordinated action program" to violate the civil and human rights of unjustly "targeted" neighbors -- making a mockery of the rule of law.

And victims report that silent, high-tech microwave/laser "directed energy weapons" are being used to degrade the health and well-being of the unjustly targeted.

Read the story that the mainstream media cannot or will not tell:

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled):

See "GESTAPO USA" at http://NowPublic.com/scrivener ("stream" or "stories" list).

Posted by: scrivener50 | August 11, 2009 9:28 AM

Time to gang up on the insurance companies I see. Recently they agreed to take patients with existing illnesses. They appear to want to work with the government. Polls show Americans fear government control more than the insurers. Why? Government programs are a disaster and people simply don't trust the government. When tort reform is part of the government's plan, competiting plans with merit from the opposition are considered and special interest groups like the unions are not given special consideration, then I will know the government is serious.

Posted by: saelij | August 11, 2009 9:17 AM

Obama's song and dance routine continues. Lies and innuendos are obama's hallmarks and his quest for more power over us is a travesty.
As senior citizen, I oppose any program that will cut our benefits, as bho continues pandering to the illegal immigrants that have invaded our country. The illegals milk our country for billions of health care dollars and it should be the priority to stop the hemorrhaging by enacting a crack down on illegals, but obama's incompetence will not allow that.

Posted by: spiris333 | August 11, 2009 8:35 AM
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The medicare program pays insurance companies a tax break. Why should we give the insurance companies a tax break when they already are robbing the government blind by overcharging for their services?

This is the part of the program "that will cut (y)our benefits". It won't change anything that you would ever see, but it will save the government billions of dollars a year.

Care to rethink your statement? What is wrong with having less taxes and getting the same care?

Posted by: Independent4tw | August 11, 2009 9:00 AM

He says now he wants conversation - but what 2 days ago he said he didn't mind cleaning up after the opposition but he didn't want to hear from them.

Obama: "I don't want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jifjRVLVjzA

Posted by: debmries | August 11, 2009 8:46 AM

Obama's song and dance routine continues. Lies and innuendos are obama's hallmarks and his quest for more power over us is a travesty.
As senior citizen, I oppose any program that will cut our benefits, as bho continues pandering to the illegal immigrants that have invaded our country. The illegals milk our country for billions of health care dollars and it should be the priority to stop the hemorrhaging by enacting a crack down on illegals, but obama's incompetence will not allow that.

Posted by: spiris333 | August 11, 2009 8:35 AM

Anyone trying to shout down the president should get the same treatment as people who posed questions to George Bush he didn't like; Taze them if necessary and toss them out.

Posted by: ddoiron1 | August 11, 2009 8:20 AM

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