Vilsack stumping for Obama on health care

U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, the former Iowa governor who briefly ran for president before endorsing Hillary Clinton (in March of 2007), then Barack Obama (in June of 2008), is in Nashville this morning, hosting a health care forum. The event is being held in a hospital and Nashville's mayor, a Democrat, is participating.  The governor of Tennessee is a Democrat, too, but he's not participating; he's sent his Health Commissioner to the forum.

The USDA release about the event is below.

UPDATE: Nashville Mayor Karl Dean to Join Discussion at Nashville General Hospital

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2009 – TODAY, Thursday, July 30, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will host a roundtable discussion on health care and rural America at a Nashville-area hospital. He will discuss the Obama Administration's commitment to addressing the skyrocketing cost of health care and the need for real reform on behalf of rural families.

Vilsack will be joined by Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, Tennessee Health Commissioner Susan Cooper and area residents who are struggling with the cost of health care. Tennessee Agriculture Commissioner Ken Givens will participate in the hospital tour prior to the roundtable.

WHAT:        Roundtable Discussion on Health Care and Rural America
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean
Tennessee Health Commissioner Susan Cooper

WHEN:        Thursday, July 30, 2009
Healthcare Roundtable:  10:45 – 11:30 a.m.

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