Friday, March 6, 2009

Obama on Healthcare

Obama sets friendly tone on health fix

Salt Lake Tribune — Trying to avoid the pitfalls of failed health reform efforts of the past, President Barack Obama gathered a wide spectrum of politicians, industry representatives and consumer groups Thursday at the White House. The point of the four-hour discussion was to show that the president is open to compromise, set a cooperative tone among groups that often butt heads and establish the expectation of passing a historic reform package by year's end.
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Obama holds forum on healthcare reform

L.A. Times — Reporting from Washington -- Under the banner of consensus and cooperation, President Obama on Thursday brought industry leaders, lawmakers, doctors and consumer groups to the White House for a healthcare forum to build momentum for his effort to reduce costs and expand insurance coverage.
But the largely symbolic event also showcased the political maneuvering -- and potential conflicts -- that is intensifying as the president moves forward on his reform initiative.
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Critics Say Obama's Focus-Group Approach More Style Than Substance

Fox News — For the second time in as many weeks, President Obama pulled together dozens of lawmakers, community leaders and business representatives to solve a pressing issue -- this time, health care reform.
But the president's focus-group brand of governing is starting to wear thin for some who say the sessions are more style than substance.
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