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Where to Watch Obama’s Health Care Summit Online

UPDATE Granted, the beer summit had a catchier name, but today’s Health Care Summit is still hotly anticipated. Democrats want to prove that Republicans don’t have any substantial ideas for health care reform and Republicans are eager to show that the whole process is flawed. Sounds like a recipe for success, right?

The summit, which was initiated by President Barack Obama, will start at 10 am EST / 7am Pacific and end at about 4pm EST / 1pm Pacific. CSPAN will air the whole thing live, as will CNN and Fox News. No TV at work? No worries, there’s also going to be plenty of live video coverage online, so you won’t have to call in sick to watch why actually being sick won’t get better any time soon. will once again squarely compete with news websites and live streaming start-ups by carrying the entire event live on its own site as well as through its Facebook application. owes the Health Care Summit a lot — after all, the network has gotten lots of plugs from Obama himself, who vowed to show the whole thing on CSPAN ever since he first proposed the summit. CSPAN is giving back by streaming the entire event on its web site. has vowed to also stream the entire event live.

MSNBC won’t carry the event in its entirety on TV; after all, it’s still Olympics. However, the network has announced that it will stream the whole summit on its website.

CNN Live will carry the Health Care Summit as well, and it may even bring back the Facebook integration we all learned to love during the 2008 election cycle.

UPDATE: YouTube is also streaming the Health Care Summit on its CitizenTube channel. In addition, Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner and Harry Reid have agreed to answer a selection of questions from CitizenTube viewers after the event.

UPDATE: is streaming the summit in cooperation with its independent citizen journalism partner TheUptake.

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3 Responses to “Where to Watch Obama’s Health Care Summit Online”

  1. As an FYI, C-span’s video only goes to 20:13 then the picture and audio end. Video continues to show progression with nothing. Unfortunately, out of the above options, it is the only one to start at the beginning. Everything else picks up from the current as they are streaming live. I notified C-Span, hopefully they get it corrected soon.