White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton, who briefed reporters aboard Air Force One, brushed off the decision of the American Medical Association to oppose Obamas health plan based on the presidents embrace of a public option. Obama will address the AMA in Chicago on Monday.
He knew at the beginning of this process that people would oppose and support different elements that were on and off the table, and this is just one part of the process, Burton said. Hes going to talk to the AMA on Monday and thinks that well be able to have an open and honest dialogue about the issues that were all very concerned about.
Among those greeting Obama in Green Bay was Rep. Steve Kagen (D-Wis.), a doctor whose district includes the city.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.