Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and The Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAPAF) are sponsoring the very first presidential forum of the 2008 election focused solely on health care. New Leadership on Health Care: A Presidential Forum will take place Saturday, March 24th at 9:30 a.m. in the Cox Pavilion at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Presidential candidates who have confirmed are: Sen. Hillary Clinton, Sen. Chris Dodd, Sen. John Edwards, Sen. Mike Gravel, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Sen. Barack Obama, and Gov. Bill Richardson. Invitations have been extended to every Republican and Democratic presidential candidate.
Karen Tumulty, National Political Correspondent for TIME, will moderate the forum and ask the candidates questions about the issue, giving them a platform to discuss how they will address our nation’s health care crisis. With 47 million Americans uninsured, and the nation in the grips of a nursing and nurse educator shortage, few issues will be as important to Americans in the 2008 presidential election as health care coverage.
“Working people all across this country want to know what the next president is going to do to make health care more affordable and accessible for their families. The time is past for incremental reform – what we need is an American solution to fix our broken health care system,” said Andy Stern, President of SEIU. “This is an opportunity for all of the presidential candidates to show voters that they will provide a new kind of leadership that gets results on health care reform.”