Is 2009 like 1993? A Conversation with Former Congressional Leaders on the Prospects for Health Reform and Comparisons to Clinton's Reform Efforts
Healthcare reform, a top priority of the current administration, depends on legislative action. In order to make real progress toward change, how do legislators prioritize the many subdivisions of reform, such as insurance, research funding, or electronic health records? Listen as political leaders explain the process of sharing ideas and getting things done.
Tom Daschle is a senior policy advisor in DLA Piper’s Government Affairs practice and serves as a member of the DLA Pipers Global Board. He is a former US senator (D-SD) and served as Senate majority leader from 2003 to 2005. In 2007, Daschle joined with former majority leaders George Mitchell, Bob Dole, and Howard Baker to create the Bipartisan Policy Center. Daschle serves on the board of the Center for American Progress and the National Democratic Institute and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He also is a member of the Health Policy and Management Executive Council at the Harvard School of Public Health as well as a member of the Global Policy Advisory Council for the Health Worker Migration Initiative. His most recent book, Getting It Done, is a close-up look at the 2009 passage of health care reform legislation.
Jeffrey Kluger is a senior editor overseeing TIME's science, health and technology reporting. He has written or co-written more than 25 cover stories for the magazine and regularly contributes articles and commentary on science and health stories. For their 2001 global warming cover package, Kluger and two colleagues won first place in the Overseas Press Club of Americaâ€™s Whitman Bassow Award for best reporting in any medium on international environmental issues. Kluger is the co-author, with astronaut Jim Lovell, of Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13, which is the basis of the Apollo 13 movie released in 1995. He is also the author of Splendid Solution, about Jonas Salk and the polio vaccine. Kluger's most recent book is Simplexity: Why Simple Things Become Complex (and Why Complex Things Can Be Made Simple). Kluger, who is also an attorney, has taught science journalism at New York University.
John E. Porter
John Edward Porter, JD, is Chairman of Research!America, Vice President of the Foundation for NIH, Chairman of PBS, and a member of the Institute of Medicine and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a former trustee of the Brookings Institution and the RAND Corporation. Porter served 21 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and chaired the appropriations subcommittee that funded all domestic health programs, including NIH, CDC, and AHRQ, and was Vice-Chair of the subcommittee that funded U.S. global health efforts. Porter's work in Congress focused on increasing funding for health research and public broadcasting, human rights, population and development, and the environment. He is currently a partner in the Washington law firm of Hogan & Hartson. Porter attended MIT, received his bachelorâ€™s degree from Northwestern University and his law degree with distinction from the University of Michigan Law School.
The Hon. Billy Tauzin was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) in January 2005. Mr Tauzin came to PhRMA after a long and distinguished career in public service. He began his public career serving in the Louisiana State legislature. Mr. Tauzin made his mark serving the people of Louisianaâ€™s 3rd District, and the American people for 13 terms as a Member of Congress. He served as Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. He received a bachelor's from Nicholls State University in 1964 and a law degree from Louisiana State University in 1967
Former Senators Billy Tauzin and Tom Daschle discuss the biggest concerns for the Blue Dog Democrats. Tauzin suggests that the Blue Dogs are afraid of being "BTU'd", or forced to vote for an unpopular bill, while Daschle contends that they are concerned with containing the rising cost of healthcare.
Politicians Billy Tauzin and Tom Daschle agree that President Obama has not missed the boat on health reform. "He's as engaged as a President has ever been on health care...and I think it's only going to continue to go up," says Daschle.
TIME senior editor Jeffrey Kluger asks former Senator Tom Daschle if 2009 is similar to 1993 in terms of passing health care reform. Daschle contends the current environment is entirely different, especially concerning the dramatically worsened state of health care and the active involvement of a President who has made reform his number one issue.