Press Release

New Leadership on Health Care

A Presidential Forum

Saturday, March 24th, 2007
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAPAF) will host the first presidential forum of the 2008 election focused solely on a critical issue facing all Americans: health care. The non-partisan forum will take place on Saturday, March 24th at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and all candidates for President are invited to participate.

“It’s clear to everyone that our current health care system is broken. Working families sent a message this November that we’ve had enough rhetoric on health care – what we need now are real solutions. We look forward to hearing firsthand from candidates what their ideas are for ensuring access to health care for every man, woman and child in this country,” said Andy Stern, President of SEIU.

“Health care is the most important domestic issue facing our country and the electorate deserves to hear how each candidate intends to address it,” said John Podesta, President of CAPAF. Fundamental reform is needed to ensure access to quality, affordable health care for every American. It is our hope that holding this forum early in the 2008 election cycle will elevate the issue of health care and cement it as a key voting issue in the presidential campaign.”

Health care is a top issue for voters across the country, with Americans stating that they want politicians, businesses and individuals to play a key role in reforming the system. The forum on health care is aimed at giving candidates a platform to talk about how they will address health care if they are elected president in 2008.

More details will be released as they are confirmed.