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

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


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