Breakfast Forum: Ceasefire on Healthcare with Former Senator John Breaux moderating a discussion between: Henry J. Aaron, Ph.D., Brookings Institution; Stuart M. Butler, Ph.D., Heritage Foundation; and Professor James A. Thurber, Director, Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, American University.
The forum is presented by American University's Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies. The series is made possible by a grant from Pfizer Inc.
As part of his Ceasefire on Health Care campaign, former Senator John Breaux moderated a forum on health care reform with Henry Aaron, Brookings Institution and Stuart Butler, Heritage Foundation. Dr. Aaron and Dr. Butler exchanged ideas and discussed various health care issues.
Henry J. Aaron
Henry J. Aaron is currently Bruce and Virginia MacLaury Senior Fellow in the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. From 1990 through 1996 he was the Director of the Economic Studies Program.
He initially joined the Brookings staff in 1968. From 1967 until 1989 he also taught at the University of Maryland. In 1977 and 1978 he served as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. He chaired the 1979 Advisory Council on Social Security. During the academic year 1996-97 he was a Guggenheim Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.
He is a graduate of U.C.L.A and holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.
John Berlinger Breaux is a former United States senator from Louisiana who served from 1987 until 2005. He was also a member of the U.S. House from 1972 to 1987. Breaux was a member of the New Democrat Coalition.
Stuart Butler has been generating ideas for The Heritage Foundation since 1979, when the young British scholar joined the still relatively obscure conservative think tank as a policy analyst specializing in urban issues.
Now as Heritage's Vice President of Domestic and Economic Policy Studies, Butler's ideas continue to change the course of public policy in America. Recently, he has played a large role in the national "Fiscal Wake-Up Tour," in which a group of nonpartisan, ideologically diverse budget realists have been traveling the country to build public support for tackling the growing budget threat posed by the "Big Three" entitlement programs - Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security.
James A. Thurber
James A. Thurber is Distinguished Professor of Government and Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies. Dr. Thurber has been on the faculty at American University since 1974 and was honored as the University Scholar/Teacher of the Year in 1996. He is author and co-author of numerous books and more than seventy-five articles and chapters on Congress, congressional-presidential relations, congressional budgeting, congressional reform, interest groups and lobbying, and campaigns and elections. Dr. Thurber is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.