Media Advisory-the Presidential Candidates’ Perspectives on the Future of Health Care in America


Contact:   Elissa Ruffino (NIAF) 202/939-3106 or


EVENT: The Presidential Candidates’ Perspectives on the Future of Health Care in America

SPONSOR: The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)

WHEN: Friday, October 17, 2008 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Jefferson Ballroom (Concourse Level) Hilton Washington & Towers 1919 Connecticut Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20009

Moderator: Joseph V. Del Raso, NIAF Executive Vice President and Co-Chair of the Government Relations & Public Policy Committee

Panelists: Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Healthcare Policy surrogate for the Obama for President Campaign and Health Commissioner of the City of Baltimore

Dr. William Winkenwerder, Healthcare Policy surrogate for McCain for President Campaign and Chairman of The Winkenwerder Company

The conference will provide an open forum for surrogates from the presidential campaigns of Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain to communicate their healthcare policy message to a group of prominent Italian American business and community leaders.

Held under the auspices of the NIAF Public Policy Institute, its purpose is to educate and to contribute to the public discourse on this important issue. NIAF does not endorse either presidential candidate.

The conference is presented in conjunction with the NIAF 33rd Anniversary Convention and Gala Weekend. On Saturday, October 18, NIAF will host another policy conference examining “Energy: America’s Challenge of the 21st Century.” All conferences are free and open to the public. For more information, contact John Marino, 202/939-3115 or

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