Northwood and Cato Economists to Analyze U.S. Economy & Health Care Reform at Annual Symposium

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Public Invited to Free Event at Bay Harbor Yacht Club on Aug. 3.

MIDLAND, MI – Michigan employers and citizens concerned about America’s sluggish economy and the impact of health care reform will have an opportunity to hear what leading economists believe health care reform will do to the economic recovery at a Northwood University-sponsored symposium titled “The U.S. Economy and the Impact of Health Care Reform.”

This free of charge, public event is set for Saturday, Aug. 3, from 9 a.m.–11 a.m. at the Bay Harbor Yacht Club located at 4300 Vista Drive, Bay Harbor, Mich. This event will feature Northwood University economists and faculty Dr. Richard Ebeling and Dr. Timothy Nash, as well as Cato Institute Senior Fellow Michael Tanner. Northwood University President & CEO Dr. Keith A. Pretty will serve as moderator. Supporting sponsors for the event are BOYNE and The Phone Guide.

During the event, the three panelists will dissect some of the most pressing current and looming issues facing businesses, consumers and taxpayers in a still-struggling economy. Special emphasis will be placed on the impact of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which is scheduled to begin open enrollment on Oct. 1.

“Everyone is looking for answers. The hidden truth is that our economy is not as healthy as many people and politicians want to believe,” stated panelist Dr. Timothy Nash, vice president of strategic and corporate alliances and the Fry endowed chair in free market economics at Northwood. “The American economy is less competitive and free than it was just 10 years ago. The imminent health care reforms show no promise for improving things.”

For more information or to make a reservation for this event, contact Betty Gillespie at 989.837.4356 or


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Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including online. The DeVos Graduate School offers day, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.


Dr. Richard M. Ebeling is a professor of economics at Northwood University. He is a well-noted authority on monetary economics and reform. While serving as vice president for The Future of Freedom Foundation (FFF), Ebeling co-edited and contributed to five books published by the FFF and wrote a monthly article and book review for FFF’s publication Freedom Daily. He has written and edited numerous books, including the three-volume Selected Writings of Ludwig von Mises (Liberty Fund). He also lectures widely on the problems of economic reform and change in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Ebeling received his B.A. in economics from California State University-Sacramento, an M.A. in economics from Rutgers University and a Ph.D in economics from the University of Middlesex in England.

Dr. Timothy G. Nash is vice president of strategic and corporate alliances and the Fry endowed chair in free market economics at Northwood University. He leads specialty programs, economic research and continuing and executive education programming for Northwood University. Nash is the co-author of four books and is an adjunct scholar with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the Free Enterprise Institute in Houston, Texas. His travels and research have taken him to over 30 countries, he has co-authored four books and his writing and interviews have appeared in numerous publications. Nash received a B.B.A. from Northwood University, an M.A. in economics from Central Michigan University and his doctorate from Wayne State University with a cognate in management. He is a frequent commentator and his writing and interviews have appeared in numerous outlets including the Detroit News, USA Today, and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Better, Faster, Cheaper.

Michael D. Tanner is a senior fellow with the Cato Institute, a leading public policy think tank in Washington, DC. Tanner heads research into a variety of domestic policies with particular emphasis on health care reform, social welfare policy and social security reform. Most recently, he co-edited Cato’s highly regarded anthology Replacing Obamacare: The Cato Institute on Health Care Reform. Tanner has authored four books with topics ranging from government and welfare reform to health care and social security reform. Tanner is a sought-after speaker and a frequent guest on national television and radio programs. His articles have appeared in publications ranging from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal to The Washington Post and USA Today. Before joining the Cato Institute in 1993, Tanner was director of research at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and legislative director for the American Legislative Exchange Council in Washington, DC.