In all 50 states, thousands of US citizens, including health care professionals, came together in December at an estimated 4000 community meetings to prioritize problems with the country's medical system and suggest possible solutions to be considered by the newly elected administration.
These meetings were held at the behest of the Obama-Biden Transition Project, the organization formed to help then–President-Elect Barack Obama work on policy development prior to his taking office January 20. The effort was intended to solicit grass-roots input from across the country on a variety of issues related to health care reform for possible inclusion in Obama's agenda.
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