President Barack Obama spent an hour discussing health care issues in a town hall meeting with older Americans at a senior center in Wheaton, Md., earlier today. The event began at 11:15 a.m. with opening remarks by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Obama answered questions from the town hall audience of about 100 older men and women, as well as callers from across the country. Nationwide, some 25 organizations arranged more than 100 public and private "viewing parties" of the event.
According to the White House, the purpose of the event was to address the specific concerns and questions older Americans have about the new health care law. The administration also wanted to warn seniors about the scams and frauds being hatched as the government, on June 10, begins mailing out $250 checks to those who are in the Medicare prescription drug “doughnut hole” coverage gap.
A rebroadcast of the town hall can be viewed online at C-SPAN.org.
Tauren Dyson is an intern with the AARP Bulletin.