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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mar 08, 2004

March 18 -- Attend the L.A. Health Care Town Hall!


"Coming to Consensus on Health Care"

Los Angeles City Hall -- Council Chamber -- All Welcome!

Dear Friend,

I am writing to invite you to participate in a televised town hall sponsored by Los Angeles City Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa and the non-profit and non-partisan Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights. The town hall meeting will discuss California's ailing health care system and potential solutions to our common problems.

There is a growing commonality of concerns about the escalating costs in the health insurance system and the crisis for uninsured and underinsured Californians. The town hall will explore, from different perspectives, common problems with, and common solutions to the current health care crisis.

The goal of the town hall is to continue to forge a consensus on strategies for a cost-effective universal health care policy. Prescription drug bulk purchasing and health care purchasing pools are two such strategies to be discussed which could provide cost savings in existing state, county and city health care expenditures that can be then applied to increasing access to care.

I will moderate the event on Thursday, March 18 at Los Angeles City Hall, 200 North Spring Street, in the Council Chamber. The event will begin promptly at 5:00 p.m. and end at 6:30 p.m. All guests are asked to arrive no later then 4:30 pm.

The town hall will involve seniors, government officials, nurses, doctors, hospital representatives, uninsured patients, consumers, health plans, business owners, and health care advocates. L.A. CityView 35 will televise the town hall. Other members of the media will be invited to attend and report on the town hall deliberations.

Audience members are encouraged to talk about their experiences and ask questions.

This town hall is one in a series of events held across the state by the California Health Consensus Project. Videos and transcripts of past events may be viewed at http://www.CalHealthConsensus.org

Please RSVP to Jerry Flanagan of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights at (415) 633-1320 or townhall@consumerwatchdog.org as soon as possible. We look forward to your participation.

Sincerely,

Bill Rosendahl
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Bill Rosendahl has more than 16 years of experience as a television moderator, host and journalist on public affairs issues.