BOSTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to use Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall as a backdrop for a speech touting the federal health care law, and later headline a fundraiser at the Weston home of a top donor.
The White House says Obama will travel to Boston on Wednesday as his administration continues to deal with issues related to the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.
Faneuil Hall is where former Massachusetts Republican Gov. Mitt Romney — Obama’s rival in the 2012 presidential election — signed the state’s landmark health care law in 2006, with top Democrats standing by his side.
White House adviser David Simas tells The Boston Globe it’s the perfect setting to show how Democrats and Republicans can work together.
Obama’s visit is planned on the same day Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies before Congress on problems with the government’s health care website.
While in Boston, Obama will attend a fund-raiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which raises money for House campaigns around the country, the Globe reported. The fund-raiser, which will also include House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, will be at the Weston home of Alan Solomont, Obama’s former ambassador to Spain.
The Washington Post reported that the Weston event is one of at least nine fundraisers over the span of a month. According to the Post, tickets for the Weston event are as high as $64,800 a couple.