Statement from Lt. Governor Brown on President Obama's Upcoming Visit to College Park
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (September 16, 2009) – Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown released this statement today in anticipation of President Obama’s visit to College Park.
“I am excited to join Governor O’Malley and all Marylanders tomorrow when we welcome President Barack Obama to the University of Maryland. President Obama is working hard to do what presidents since Theodore Roosevelt have attempted to do – reform America’s health care system. His efforts are more important today than ever before.
“More than 669,000 Marylanders who live without insurance are scared about what will happen if they get hurt or sick. Five million Marylanders who have insurance face increasing costs and may be dropped from coverage because of a job change or preexisting condition. Governor O’Malley and I support President Obama’s clear vision for health care reform which holds insurance companies accountable, makes it illegal to deny coverage because of preexisting conditions, ensures affordable coverage for all, and includes ideas from both sides of the aisle.
“With this visit President Obama has taken the debate back from the extremes to the middle, where most of us in Maryland are. We want something done, and President Obama is committed to common sense measures that improve coverage for the majority of us who have it and expand coverage to those who need it.”
President Obama will speak to students and other Marylanders about health care reform tomorrow morning at the Comcast Center on the University of Maryland – College Park campus. This event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Space is available on a first come, first served basis. All attendees will go through airport-like security and should bring as few personal items as possible. No bags, sharp objects, umbrellas, liquids, strollers, or signs will be allowed into the venue. Cameras are permitted.
Brown will attend tomorrow’s rally at the University of Maryland – College Park. Thirty minutes after the President’s speech, Brown and other elected officials will be available to meet with local media outlets in the media center behind the stage to discuss the President remarks and plan for health reform.