THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                              August 21, 2009

Readout of the President’s meeting with former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle today

"The President invited Senator Daschle to the White House for a quick check-in on the health insurance reform process and to exchange views on the process moving forward. Senator Daschle is one of the foremost experts on health care and on the legislative process, and has been a friend and sounding-board for the President for several years. The two agreed that substantive reform that lowers costs, reforms the insurance industry, and expands coverage is too important to wait another year or another administration, and they agreed to stay in touch over the coming weeks and months as this critical effort moves forward."

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