March 23, 2009
Coping with the Cost of Health Care
George Mason University Prince William Campus Convenes National Issues Forum on April 3
MANASSAS, VA–George Mason University is convening a National Issues Forum on health care policy called “Coping with the Cost of Health Care,” on Friday April 3 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm in Room 130 of Bull Run Hall at the University’s Prince William Campus.
The public is invited to participate in the dialogue, which will break out into small moderated groups of 12 or less to consider each of three approaches on how Americans should pay for the health care we need: 1) reduce the threat of financial ruin, 2) restrain out-of-control costs and 3) provide coverage as a right. Participants will each receive a National Issues Forum guide.
“A National Issues Forum is more than just talk,” explains Charvis Campbell, Assistant Dean of University Life at the Prince William Campus of George Mason. “This is a face-to-face dialogue to hash out the trade-offs among the various approaches, and take a first step towards finding common ground. George Mason is pleased to be part of the process.”
“Forums like this one have taken place over the past year in over forty states and at the twelve Presidential Libraries,” said Bill Corbett of the Center for Voter Deliberation of Northern Virginia. “Forum participants come away with a better appreciation of points of view that differ from their own, and of how those who differ can work to find common ground.”
Among those making opening and closing remarks at the forum will be Senator Mark Warner’s health care policy aide, Aryana Khalid, a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership and frequent speaker on the issue of affordable health care.
The forum is open to all students and residents of the community, and takes place a day after the Prince William Campus’ April 2 Health & Fitness Expo (10:00 am -2:00 pm, Bull Run Hall Atrium). To register for the April 3 forum, go to www.cvdnva.org, the Web site of the forum’s co-convener, the Center for Voter Deliberation of Northern Virginia.
Citizen Court Follows on Thursday, May 21
A unique Citizen Court on Public Deliberation will follow the April 3 forum on Thursday, May 21. Five experts and public officials will consider in a courtroom format how thoughtfully participants in the April 3 forum approached the trade-offs among coverage, costs and other challenges of health care reform. The Citizen Court will be open to the public, and it will issue a public decision.
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For media inquiries, contact: Bill Corbett, 703-927-0531 or Charvis Campbell, 703-993-8373