‘House’ Star Congratulates White House Pal Kal Penn on Health Care Bill

Kal Penn and Peter Jacobson (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Kal Penn and Peter Jacobson (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

As President Barack Obama signed the new and long-awaited health care bill, Peter Jacobson aimed to offer kudos to ‘House‘ costar-turned-White House employee Kal Penn.

“I was about to give him a call and congratulate him on the administration pushing through health care reform,” Jacobson, who plays Dr. Taub, told Fancast on Tuesday afternoon. “I had been talking to Kal over the last couple of weeks, and everybody in that administration was working overtime, from every angle.”

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Penn left ‘House’ last spring to work for the White House. Since July – and using his birth name, Kalpen Modi – he was served as an associate director in the Office of Public Engagement. There, he liaisons with various communities and organizations, getting the word out about the administration’s plans and in turn soliciting the people’s feedback.

Says Jacobson, “As I watched Obama giving what I thought was a very much speech before signing the bill, it was neat to know that somebody who was a close friend and acting colleague had had some kind of hand in that in some way.”

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