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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will meet with businesswomen.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will meet with businesswomen. (By Evan Vucci -- Associated Press)
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Healthy Lessons

President Obama continued to press the case for health-care reform yesterday, instructing aides to find the best private-sector employee wellness and prevention practices and asking federal workplaces to consider adopting similar plans.

"There's no quick fix, there's no silver bullet," Obama said. "Part of what we want to do here, starting here today, is to lift up these best practices so other companies can identify and potentially implement them."

The president announced that the Office of Personnel Management will work with the Office of Health Reform, the National Economic Council, the Labor Department, and the Office of Management and Budget to develop the initiatives.

WHAT TO WATCH

-- Commencement season is upon us, and Obama gives his first address as president to a graduating class, departing for Arizona and an evening speech at Arizona State University in Tempe.

First, though, he has a business meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the ranking minority member of the judiciary panel, at 10 a.m. to discuss the Supreme Court vacancy being created by Justice David H. Souter.

-- First lady Michelle Obama will visit the Ferebee-Hope Community School in Southeast Washington to read to third-grade students from an after-school program and call attention to the importance of after-school opportunities.

-- Unofficial health-care week continues with a 10:50 a.m. forum bringing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Tina M. Tchen of the White House Office of Public Engagement together with female small-business owners to discuss unique barriers women may face in obtaining care.

-- American International Group's chief executive, Edward Liddy, testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee at 10 a.m. as it examines the federal bailout of the firm.

-- The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a 2 p.m. hearing on the nomination of Peter M. Rogoff to be administrator of the Federal Transit Administration, which funnels billions to regional public transit efforts.

-- It's National Golf Day. Apparently.

-- Garance Franke-Ruta federalcity@washpost.com


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