Bringing "together politicians and academics on different ends of the political spectrum to participate in forums on health policy," with the goal of reforming "the nation's healthcare system" sounds like a good idea. But the organizer is the drug company Pfizer, through its public affairs agency, Spectrum Science Communications. The "Ceasefire on Healthcare" town meetings are funded by Pfizer and American University, and have featured Senator Hillary Clinton and former Congressman Newt Gingrich. "The thrust of the campaign ... is to make incremental changes," said Spectrum Science's Claire Barnard. C-Span is covering the town meetings, which started in June 2005 and have been held at the Brookings Institution, Heritage Foundation and National Press Club.
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