Stand up and be counted!

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This news comes courtesy of the Fox Valley Initiative.

Today, the Fox Cities Chamber as well as the Green Bay Chamber told the Fox Valley Initiative of their plans to hold a massive rally at Fox Cities Stadium in opposition to the current health care legislation next Tuesday, September 8th at 6pm.

Much like the F.V.I.’s health care forum held a few weeks ago, the event will not only focus on opposition to the reforms but also what reforms can and would have a beneficial impact on the industry without completely tearing it apart.

Last week, proponents of the legislation held a campaign style rally where the unions did their best to drum up support for their “reforms”. With more than a dozen sponsors of the event, they were still not able to get more than a few hundred their to support them. It would tell our legislators a lot if we were able to fill the stadium next Tuesday evening. There will not be a more critical show of force before they take a vote!

Here is the press release put out by the Fox Valley and Green Bay Area Chambers of Commerce.

The two largest business organizations in Northeast Wisconsin will host a special meeting to rally public support for responsible healthcare solutions as Congress heads back from their summer recess.

The Rally for Responsible Reform, conducted by the Fox Cities and Green Bay chambers of commerce, will be held at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m.

“We are excited to give citizens and business people in Northeast Wisconsin an opportunity to come together and rally for new directions in healthcare reform,” said Bill Welch, president and CEO of the Fox Cities Chamber. “We invite citizens who share our concerns to join us for this special event. This is their opportunity to stand up and be counted.”

“The rally will focus on healthcare reforms that both control cost and enhance healthcare outcomes,” said Paul Jadin, president and CEO of the Green Bay Area Chamber. “We believe we can do much better than the legislation now under consideration. This event provides an opportunity to send an important message.”

The event is being billed as “R3: The Rally for Responsible Reform.” In addition to Jadin and Welch, featured speakers will include Dr. John Toussaint, president of the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value in Appleton; Dan Madigan, president and CEO of Feeco International in Green Bay; and Debra Michiels, Owner of Michiels Fox Banquets Catering in Appleton.

Dr. Toussaint will keynote the rally. He has taken a lead role nationally in promoting transparency and helped create the Wisconsin Collaborative on Healthcare Quality. He also led an effort at ThedaCare to apply lean management techniques in healthcare. His efforts in this regard recently gained notoriety in a special Fox News segment on the Greta Van Susteren program.

Attendance at the rally is free of charge and seating is available on a first-come basis. The parking lot and gates at Fox Cities Stadium will open at 4:30 p.m. with a formal program commencing at 6 p.m. Organizers have arranged for the concessions at the stadium to be open, so that attendees can access food and beverages prior to and during the event.

The Green Bay and Fox Cities Chambers represent roughly 3,000 businesses in Northeast Wisconsin. Member companies employ more than 200,000 people. The chambers have been outspoken critics of HR 3200, the massive healthcare reform bill under consideration in the U.S. House.

The two chambers are sending information regarding the rally to other business, taxpayer and public interest groups within the region and hope they will enthusiastically embrace the rally too. Additional information regarding the rally can be accessed by visiting or, the Web sites of the two chambers. (Source: Marketplace Today Blog)

Click here to get a downloadable flyer promoting the event.

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