Tim Cook and other tech execs are expected to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama to discuss, among other things, NSA spying and the Obamacare website. Zeke J Miller, writing for Time:
“Tomorrow, President Obama will meet with executives from leading tech companies to discuss progress made in addressing performance and capacity issues with HealthCare.Gov and how government can better deliver IT to maximize innovation, efficiency and customer service,” a White House official said. “The meeting will also address national security and the economic impacts of unauthorized intelligence disclosures. Finally, the President will discuss ways his Administration can partner with the tech sector to further grow the economy, create jobs and address issues around income inequality and social mobility.”
I've watched enough episodes of The West Wing to know not much typically comes out of such meetings, but if you were the CEO of Apple, how would you use your face-time with the President? What issues would be the most important for Apple's customers and long term plans?
Personally, I'd respectfully ask the government to only and always act within the bounds of the law, with all the transparency that requires. For the health pages, I'm not sure there's an Apple-style solution, unless you can manage contractors like Tim Cook manages supply chain...