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Thursday, February 15, 2007


Appleton Web Cast of Consumer-Driven Health Care Reform Forum, Feb. 22

Here's a press release I've been asked to post. Sounds like a worthwhile topic.

Americans for Prosperity Foundation Announces Appleton Web Cast of Consumer-Driven Health Care Reform Forum, Feb. 22
Forum Will Feature Wisconsin Health Savings Account Success Stories

Appleton – As the debate over health care reform reaches the top of Wisconsin’s political agenda, the grassroots group Americans for Prosperity Foundation (AFPF) today announced the Appleton web cast of the group's health care reform forum on Thursday, February 22, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce in Appleton. The forum will feature keynote speaker Dr. David Gratzer, author of The Cure, and a discussion by Manitowoc County Executive Bob Ziegelbauer and Serigraph Inc. CEO John Torinus on their implementation of innovative health care reform initiatives (such as Health Savings Accounts) in the public and private sectors.

“Everybody is talking about how to make health care more affordable for Wisconsinites. It is really exciting to see that there is a consumer-directed option for health care reform that can be pursued by businesses, citizens, and public entities,” said Mark Block, State Director of AFPF-Wisconsin Chapter. “Two of the Forum’s presenters have found ways to control their health care costs through innovative consumer-driven options – their success stories are worth hearing.”

Block notes that Wisconsin is currently among only four states that prohibit citizens from deducting HSA contributions on their state income tax return. HSA deductibility, which have been vetoed three times, is a top policy priority for AFPF in the 2007 to 2008 legislative session. The group also supports adding an HSA insurance option for public employees and Medicaid recipients and expanding HSA availability in the private sector.

WHO: Dr. David Gratzer, author of The Cure
Manitowoc County Executive Bob Ziegelbauer
Serigraph Inc. CEO John Torinus

WHAT: Health Care Reform Forum Live Web Cast

WHEN: Thursday, February 22, 2007; 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. CST

WHERE: Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce, 125 N. Superior St., Appleton, WI 54912, (920) 734-7101

Citizens can register to attend the Appleton web cast online, by phone (414) 475-2975, or via e-mail at