Concord Coalition participates in panel discussion: Will Health Care Costs Lead to Economic Ruin?

Apr. 3, 2012, 7:30pm-9:00pm
Stewart Center.
128 Memorial Mall, Room 206, West Lafayette, Indiana, United States

The program will run from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in room 206 of the Stewart Center. Purdue students, faculty and staff are also encouraged to attend. 

Admission is free and this event is open to the public. 

For additional information, please contact Kevin Wiley at [email protected] or 765-412-3017

Can the United States get its rapidly growing federal debt under control without addressing health care costs? On Tuesday, April 3 on the Purdue University campus, a panel including representatives from academia, the insurance industry, local government and a national non-profit will discuss health care costs, the federal debt and the nation’s short- and long-term economic outlook.

The panelists will explore an array of ideas that could slow health care cost growth and help put the nation on a more responsible fiscal path.    The program, “Will Health Care Costs Lead to Economic Ruin?” will feature:

  • Steve Witz is the director at the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering, where he conducts research on the design and financing of health care delivery systems.  Prior to that he worked for 26 years as a hospital administrator in various health care institutions.


  • Gary Henriott is the president and CEO of Henriott Insurance.  In its 50th year of business, Henriott Insurance provides medical insurance plans for numerous business and individuals in Indiana.
  • Shirley Mennen is the human resource coordinator for Tippecanoe County, West Lafayette.  Prior to that, she served on the administrative support staff at Purdue and as a volunteer firefighter/EMT for Sheffield Township Fire Department.
  • Diane Foster, human resources director for the City of West Lafayette, where she administers the city’s health insurance program.  Prior to that, she served in administrative positions for a variety of organizations and corporations.


  • Sara Imhof is the Midwest regional director and health policy analyst for The Concord Coalition.  Prior to that she served as a senior policy analyst for the Government Accountability Office’s health care team.

Bert A. Rockman, moderator, is head of the Department of Political Science at Purdue.  Previously he has served in various capacities at other academic institutions and was also a senior fellow in governmental studies at the Brookings Institution.