First in Series of Regional White House Forums on Health Reform to be Held Thursday in Dearborn, Michigan

People across the country can also visit www.HealthReform.gov to submit questions and ideas to the discussion about how to bring down health care costs and expand coverage for all Americans
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WASHINGTON, DCMarch 11, 2009 – Building on last Thursday’s forum at the White House, Dearborn, Michigan will host the first in a series of Regional White House Forums on Health Reform on Thursday, March 12 at 2:00pm EDT at the Ford Conference and Event Center. In keeping with the Obama administration’s commitment to an open, inclusive, and transparent process for health reform, the forum will bring together a diverse group of people to voice their concerns and ideas on reforming our health care system.

The forum will be moderated by Governor Jennifer Granholm of Michigan and Governor Jim Doyle of Wisconsin. Melody Barnes, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, will represent the Obama administration. Forum participants will include doctors, patients, providers, insurers, policy experts and health care advocates of all kinds – both Democrats and Republicans – who will discuss the urgent need to provide high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans and to curb skyrocketing health care costs that are draining our federal and state budgets, devastating families and small businesses, and undermining our long-term economic prosperity.

The event will begin with a video message recorded by the President, a summary of the findings from the Health Care Community Discussions that took place in December, and an overview of the discussion that took place at the White House Forum on Health Reform.

Regional White House Forums on Health Reform will also be held in California, Iowa, North Carolina, and Vermont throughout March and early April. People across the country can also visit www.HealthReform.gov to submit their questions and ideas and join the debate.

WHAT: Regional White House Forum on Health Reform moderated by Govs.
Jennifer Granholm of Michigan and Jim Doyle of Wisconsin

WHERE: Ford Conference and Event Center
Grand Hall Suites 1 and 2
1151 Village Road
Dearborn, MI

WHEN: Thursday, March 12 at 2:00pm EDT

RSVP: Media wishing to attend should RSVP to tskoczek@who.eop.gov

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