Obama to Tele-talk from Maryland senior center
President Barack Obama will make another quick trip to the Maryland suburbs next week. This time he'll be promoting a new prescription drug subsidy for seniors.
The event, before an invitation-only audience at a Wheaton senior center, is to feature a telephone town hall session with older Americans around the country, who will be able to question Obama by phone.
Seniors will begin receiving $250 rebate checks, one of the first tangible benefits of the new health care law, next week.
Tuesday morning's session is being held in the district of Rep. Chris Van Hollen, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The DCCC is hoping that as seniors and others become more familiar with elements of the health care overhaul, they'll show their gratitude by supporting Democratic candidates this fall.
That, in turn, could help limit Democratic losses in November and preserve the party's majority in the House. At the moment, campaign handicappers give Republicans a decent shot of retaking control of at least one chamber of Congress.
Check out the White House announcement after the jump:
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 3, 2010
President Obama to Join Seniors for Tele-Town Hall Meeting on Affordable Care Act
WASHINGTON—On Tuesday morning, June 8, President Barack Obama will participate in a national tele-town hall meeting at the Holiday Park Multipurpose Senior Center in Wheaton, Maryland with senior citizens to discuss the Affordable Care Act and efforts to combat senior scams and fraud in advance of the first mailing of the $250 “donut hole” rebate checks. In addition to attendees at the Senior Center, seniors across the country will be able to participate in the town hall meeting by phone. The President will be joined at the town hall meeting by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and representatives of the following organizations:
Alliance for Retired Americans
American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
American Federation of Teachers Program on Retirement and Retirees
American Postal Workers Union Retirees Department
B’nai B’rith International
Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc.
Communications Workers of American Retiree Division
International Union of Painters & Allied Trades – IUPAT
Medicare Rights Center
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
National Association of State Units on Aging
National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs
National Association of State Long Term Care Ombudsman Programs
The National Caucus and Center on Black Aged
National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
National Council on Aging
NCCNHR – The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
OWL- The Voice of Midlife and Older Women
Service and Advocacy for GLBT Elders
These organizations – which together represent over 40 million seniors across the country -- will be organizing satellite town hall meetings across the country to dial in and participate in the President’s event, which will be broadcast live on C-SPAN. A detailed list of meeting locations will be released in the coming days.
The town hall meeting will be pooled press.