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Obamacare: Under the microscope at 'New York 2013 & Beyond'

HERB BOYD Special to the AmNews | 2/21/2013, 2:31 p.m.

President Barack Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as "Obamacare," is a broad-based plan that represents the most significant regulatory revamping of the nation's health care system since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.

The Amsterdam News joins with WBLS.FM and the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce in convening on Feb. 21 the second quarterly regional Business Breakfast Exchange, titled "New York 2013 & Beyond," which will examine the key aspects of Obamacare, including its current and future impact on individuals, businesses, unions, government and the entire health care industry.

Under the rubric of "Healthcare in New York," the event's keynote speaker is former New York Gov. David A. Paterson, distinguished professor at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, who will address the impact of Obamacare on the New York-New Jersey region.

Among the notable presenters are Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford, president of the New York Academy of Medicine, who will discuss the ramifications of Obamacare on the health care industry; the educational and training components will be the purview of Dr. Maurizio Trevisan, provost of the City College of New York and dean of the Sophie Davis School of Medicine. Barbara Edmonds, director of field operations for District Council 37 AFSCME, AFL-CIO, will discuss the implications of Obamacare on unions and job creation.

The second Business Breakfast Exchange is co-sponsored by Municipal Credit Union, the City College of New York, New York Academy of Medicine, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine and Harlem Arts Alliance will take place on Thursday, Feb. 21, 8 to 10 a.m. at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building on the third floor at Melba's 125. The breakfast contribution is $50 per person.

The turnout for the first quarterly "New York 2013 & Beyond" Business Breakfast meeting in October of 2012 attracted an overflow audience. Therefore, it is recommended that you quickly reserve your presence by calling Sutton or Henry at 212-862-7200. Reservation payments can be made via PayPal at www.HarlemDiscover.com/bfast.