Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), and Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA), each offer their opinion on how health care ought to be reformed and how health care will be reformed, as well as the challenges reform faces in Congress.
Afterward, John Reichard, Editor of CQ HealthBeat, moderates a joint question and answer session.
Congressman Jason Altmire is serving his second term in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he represents all or parts of six counties in western Pennsylvania. He has quickly established himself as one of Congress' leading voices on health care, small business and veterans' issues.
He is co-chair of the New Democratic Coalition's task force on health care reform and serves as a subcommittee chairman on the Small Business Committee. His successful effort to guarantee bonuses for combat wounded veterans garnered national attention.
Representative Michael Burgess currently serves on the prestigious House Energy and Commerce Committee and in the 113th Congress, 2013 and 2014, will serve as the vice chairman of both the Subcommittee on Health and the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, and as a member of the Energy and Power Subcommittee. In addition, he is a member of the Rules Committee and the Helsinki Commission. He founded and currently serves as co-chair of the Congressional Health Caucus. Prior to serving in the House of Representatives, Rep. Burgess spent three decades practicing medicine in North Texas. He received his M.D. from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, and completed his residency programs at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. He also received a master’s degree in Medical Management from the University of Texas at Dallas, and in May of 2009 was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Public Service from the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center.
John Reichard is current editor of Congressional Quarterly's HealthBeat. Washington HealthBeat was founded in 2001 by John Reichard, whose 20-year career in Washington specialty publications included editing stints with McGraw-Hill, Thomson and other organizations.