July 1, 2008

Senior Advisers to Obama and McCain Will Illuminate the Presidential Candidates’ Healthcare Proposals, in Their Only Scheduled Joint Appearance

In their only scheduled joint appearance of the presidential campaign, the senior healthcare advisers to Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain will illuminate the candidates' healthcare proposals and address questions about the future of the American healthcare system at a symposium hosted by Rutgers Business School on Tuesday, July 15.

Gail Wilensky, Ph.D., senior fellow for Project HOPE, adviser to Sen. McCain's campaign, and contributor to the McCain Healthcare Plan, will represent McCain; and David Cutler, Ph.D., Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics at Harvard University, adviser to Sen. Obama's campaign, and contributor to the Obama Healthcare Plan, will represent Obama.

Susan Dentzer, editor-in-chief of Health Affairs and on-air health policy analyst for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS, will moderate.

The program, American Healthcare 2008 and Beyond, is coordinated by the Blanche and Irwin Lerner Center for Pharmaceutical Management Studies at Rutgers Business School, in partnership with the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey. It will be presented from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at IDT's Washington Square Conference Center (520 Broad Street, Newark, NJ).

Rutgers Business School Dean Michael R. Cooper, Ph.D., now in his second year at the school's helm following a distinguished 25-year career as a global CEO, credits the industry relevance of the Lerner Center's programs and research and the strength of its corporate partnerships for making the program possible.

Says Cooper, "Rutgers Business School is distinguished by an emphasis on the rigorous analyses of industry-relevant matters that are of national importance to senior executives. As the leading business school in pharmaceutical management, Rutgers Business School and its Blanche and Irwin Lerner Center are focused on addressing the real-world management issues facing pharmaceutical industry CEOs."

Advance registration is required. Admission, including parking and meals, is $500 (discounted to $400 for Rutgers alumni; employees of sponsoring companies Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eisai, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Novartis, Roche, Schering-Plough, and their subsidiaries; and members of the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey and BioNJ).

To register, visit www.business.rutgers.edu/lerner, email [email protected] or call 973-353-1016.

Says Mahmud Hassan, Ph.D., director of the Lerner Center and a Rutgers Business School professor, "With over 40 million Americans uninsured, and given the hyper-cost inflation of healthcare services, the presidential healthcare plan is a primary issue that will affect Americans for years to come. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to examine, in an academic atmosphere, proposals to address these far-reaching issues."

Established in 2004 through a gift from its namesake, the Blanche and Irwin Lerner Center for Pharmaceutical Management Studies is an academic research center dedicated to expanding and disseminating knowledge on management issues of critical importance to the healthcare industry by encouraging idea exchange among industry professionals and academics. For additional information, visit www.business.rutgers.edu/lerner.

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