Small Business Majority CEO John Arensmeyer to speak on national healthcare panel

For Immediate Release: 
Monday, April 6, 2009

Former HHS Secretary/Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson to host panel that includes former Majority Leader Dick Gephardt



WHAT: Small Business Majority CEO John Arensmeyer will speak at the Summit Conversation Healthcare Forum sponsored by America's Agenda Healthcare Education Fund. The panel will be hosted by former HHS Secretary/Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson and will include former Majority Leader Dick Gephardt, Wisconsin Congressman Ron Kind and key business, labor and healthcare leaders.

John Arensmeyer has established Small Business Majority as the leading small business advocate for comprehensive healthcare reform. The organization does extensive scientific research on small business healthcare needs and has built a network of small business owners to communicate those needs to policymakers and others. (For more information, visit

WHEN: April 7, 2009 at 1:00-4:00 (CDT)

WHERE: Edgewater Hotel Madison, Wisconsin

Live streaming video available via

Why: The Summit will feature a discussion on the major drivers of health cost growth that are threatening the financial health of American businesses, wages and living standards of American workers, and restoration of robust growth of the US economy. The Summit Conversation will focus on policy areas such as increased emphasis on disease prevention, greater care coordination in managing chronic diseases, improvements in health information technology and the need to restructure patient and provider incentives in a modernized American healthcare system. The Summit will address the particular healthcare needs of America's 27 million small businesses.

The first Summit Conversation was held in January at the University of Miami and hosted by President Donna Shalala. Dr. William Peck, founder of the Center for Health Policy at Washington University, and former House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt co-hosted the second Summit, held in March in St. Louis. Highlights of previous Summits are available at

Small Business Majority conducts extensive scientific polling and research to determine small business owners perspectives on healthcare reform and brings a nonpartisan voice to policy discussions nationwide. Based in Sausalito, CA, with offices in Washington, DC and New York City, the organization works with small business owners, healthcare policy experts and elected officials nationwide.