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Transcript and Video of June 8 Town Hall

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who participated in the June 8 teletown hall for older adults on health care reform. You can view the video (or download it to show at educational events) and read the transcript of the event:


The event is set for Tuesday, June 8 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (eastern time zone) at a DC-area senior center. Please note the slightly earlier start time: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will take questions from the audience until the President arrives closer to 11:30 a.m.

How can we connect to the national town hall? THREE ways…

• C-SPAN, the cable news channel that covers Congress, will broadcast the event live.
• There will also be a livestreaming video available via the White House website. This will later be available to be downloaded, allowing you to re-show it at a later time.
• There is a national toll-free number for consumers to call in: they can get in the queue to ask a question and/or simply listen in to the event over the phone. n4a will share the call-in number as soon as it is available.


Your event can be as simple as gathering a dozen seniors at a program/meals site, or as ambitious as organizing a larger public event to draw broadly from seniors in the community.

Count us in—where do we sign up? If you are interested in hosting a local watch party, please send the following information as soon as possible to K.J. Hertz at
• Your agency name and location
• Location of the watch party (full address)
• Expected size of event
• Contact person for the event
• Is your event private or open to the public?
• Any other details you think relevant (targeted audience, if there will be an added educational program, etc.)

So what kind of technology will we need to host an event?
For a small event, all you need is to gather around a computer with strong Internet access or a television with basic cable (to view C-SPAN). If you can gather more older consumers at a community site, you will need the technology to project the broadcast, whether via TV or computer, onto a larger screen. Absent these resources, you could also gather a smaller crowd around a telephone with a speaker phone!

Thank you and stay tuned for further details as they emerge.