Obama health summit goes multimedia

See below for a list of New England participants in today’s White House health summit. Here’s Boston.com video on Ted Kennedy’s notable appearance.

Or read the HHS blog.

Or check out the new White House health reform site.

Here’s what the Washington Post said about it the event. (Part of it covered by C-Span.)

President Obama launched a campaign today to reform health care in the United States by the end of this year, telling a White House summit on the issue that that fixing the troubled system is “no longer just a moral imperative, it is a fiscal imperative.”

From this morning’s Post.

 Obama’s opening gambit to dramatically expand the health-care system has attracted surprising notes of support from insurers, hospitals and other players in the powerful medical lobby who are set to participate in an unusual White House summit on the issue this afternoon. The lure for the industry is the prospect of tens of millions of new customers: If Obama succeeds in fulfilling his pledge to cover many more Americans, those newly insured people will get checkups, purchase medicine, undergo physical therapy and get surgeries they cannot afford today.  

The White house released a list that includes these New England participants:

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT)

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)

Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH)

Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI)


Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) – Chairman, HELP Committee

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)


Not from NE but of note:

Physicians for a National Health Plan, Dr. Oliver Fein, Director


This groups’ complaint that no supporter of the single-payer approach had been invited got them in the door.




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