One of the most interesting moments during the debate on health reform last year was the President's tele-town hall with the AARP. It was a moment when disinformation was flying fast and furious from opponents of reform, and it was a unique opportunity to sit down and go through the concerns that seniors had one by one.
Well it's been almost a year, the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land, and many of the benefits that we're once theoretical arguments for reform are now becoming reality -- like the $250 rebate checks that will begin arriving next Thursday for seniors who have fallen into the Medicare prescription drug donut hole – the first step to closing the donut hole completely.
But there's still plenty of misinformation out there -- in fact there are whole new sources of it in the form of scams meant to prey on confusion about the law.
That's why at 11:30AM EDT President Obama will join senior citizens across the country, gathered at a series of local meetings, to participate via phone in a national tele-town hall meeting. Additionally, more than a dozen senior Obama Administration officials will join seniors at selected meetings to discuss the new health care law and answer questions -- view a lengthy list of meetings in the White House release. The President’s tele-town hall meeting will be broadcast live on C-Span, as well as here online at WhiteHouse.gov/live.
So if you're a senior and you've got questions about your health care, tune in. If you're not a senior but have a parent or grandparent who might be interested, give them a heads up. It will be great opportunity to hear answers from the President who believed so passionately in the need for these reforms.