Governor Douglas to lead NGA in discussing health care, economy

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas, chairman of the National Governors Association (NGA), will lead the nation’s governors at their annual winter meeting in Washington this weekend.  At the meeting, governors will address critical issues, including health care reform and the economy.  They will also meet with President Obama, members of his Administration, business leaders and other experts for discussions on a host of issues and challenges facing states.“It is a great honor and responsibility to chair the National Governors Association,” said Governor Douglas.  “This is a critical time as our nation and the states are facing enormous fiscal and economic challenges.  This weekend is an opportunity for governors to meet with one another, the President and his Administration and others from the public and private sector to discuss ways to get our economy back on track, create jobs and address pressing challenges, like health care.”Governor Douglas has focused his chairmanship of the NGA on health care and Saturday’s opening plenary session will offer an overview of his initiative, Rx for Health Reform: Affordable, Accessible, Accountable.  During the session, governors will discuss transforming health care delivery with guests Dr. Atul Gawande, a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and associate professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, and Dr. Jack Cochran, executive director of The Permanente Federation. On Sunday, the focus of the plenary session will be health care and the economy, with financial journalist Maria Bartiromo, anchor of CNBC’s “Closing Bell,” moderating the discussion.“While the path forward for health reform in Washington is unclear, reform is happening in the state,” the Governor remarked.  “I am proud of the steps we have taken in Vermont.  My chairman’s initiative focuses on helping governors lead the way in improving the quality of our system, providing more insurance coverage and addressing key cost drivers to ensure we have a system that is affordable, accessible and accountable.”As NGA chairman, Governor Douglas has invited Canadian Premiers for a special session on Saturday, “Common Border, Common Ground,” which will focus on common challenges, innovative policy solutions and issues related to trade, border security, energy and the environment.  “Having the Premiers and the Governors meet is a tremendous opportunity to advance our shared interests,” the Governor remarked.  The governors will spend time with Adjutants General from across the country as well.Governor Douglas and his colleagues will also have the opportunity to meet with President Obama.  On Sunday they will attend the White House for a black-tie evening with President and Mrs. Obama.  The following day, the governors will return to the White House for meetings with the President and members of his Cabinet to discuss the issues being debated in Washington and how they will affect the states.“I appreciate President Obama reaching out to the nation’s governors and listening to our concerns,” said the Governor.  “It will take all of us working together at the federal, state and local levels to rebound from this recession.”The meeting will conclude Monday afternoon with a plenary session focused on redesigning states in the post-recession economy.  Mark Zandi, chief economist and co-founder of Moody’sEconomy.com, and Alan Mulally, president and CEO of Ford Motor Company, will join governors to examine the economic landscape facing the country and states over the next several years.Source: Washington, D.C. – Governor’s office. 2.19.2010 ###SATELLITE COORDINATES – C-BAND ANALOG Saturday, February 20, 20104:00 – 4:30 Easter Time (1600 – 1630)Galaxy 19 CBAND @ 97 Degrees WestTransponder C – 8 AnalogUL Frequency 6085 VerticalDL Frequency 3860 Horizontal (Audio 6.2 & 6.8)Sunday, February 21, 20104:00 – 4:30 Easter Time (1600 – 1630)Galaxy 19 CBAND @ 97 Degrees WestTransponder C – 8 AnalogUL Frequency 6085 VerticalDL Frequency 3860 Horizontal (Audio 6.2 & 6.8)Monday, February 22, 20103:30 – 4:00 Easter Time (1530 – 1600)Galaxy 19 CBAND @ 97 Degrees WestTransponder C – 8 AnalogUL Frequency 6085 VerticalDL Frequency 3860 Horizontal (Audio 6.2 & 6.8)last_img