Monday, August 24, 2009

Another Health-Care Forum

This one will be an Aug. 31 debate in Albuquerque hosted by the conservative Rio Grande Foundation.

It's not just a conservative pep rally though. Carter Bundy of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees will be there to represent the progressive side. He'll ne debating Michael Cannon, who is director of Health Policy Studies for the libertarian CATO Institute. Cannon favors a "free-market" approach to health-care reform.

The debate is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. next Monday at the Albuquerque Museum, 2000 Mountain Road NW in Old Town.

Rio Grande Foundation director promises a respectful and fair forum." That might be a hint to leave your guns at home.

From the press release:

Cost of the event is $10 payable by cash or check at the door. Light snacks and beverages will be available. Space is limited and this is sure to be a popular event given the pressing nature of the topic, so let us know you’re coming by emailing us at:

Cannon and Bundy will discuss the current state of the health care debate in Washington, explain how it impacts New Mexicans, and offer thoughts on recent legislative changes and reforms he would like to see Congress make to the US health care system. Said Rio Grand Foundation President Paul Gessing, “We are very excited to be hosting these health care experts at a time when Congress is ready to debate and make a final push for greater government intervention.” ...

Cannon has recently been in heavy rotation as a guest on television and radio talk shows and he has worked closely with Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ) on free market health care legislation that would weaken the grip health insurance companies have over customers in particular states.

Bundy has written and spoken extensively on health care issues on a variety of New Mexico media outlets, most prominently at the New Mexico Independent.