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Health Reform Lessons Learned: Veterans of 1993-94 Offer Advice to Today's Reformers

Friday, January 18, 2008

No matter who wins the White House and control of Congress in November, health reform legislation will likely be a front-burner issue for both House and Senate in 2009. The debates about reform, and the behind-the-scenes meetings, of 1993 and 1994 produced a wealth of knowledge on what should be done differently the next time Congress takes up this issue. What derailed health reform in 1994? What tactical and strategic decisions, in areas such as timing and content, affected the outcome?  What part did outside groups play?   How should the issue be approached differently the next time around? What are the appropriate roles for congressional and executive branch leadership in getting reform done? This briefing, cosponsored with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, addressed these and related questions.


Susan Dentzer, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Moderator
David Colby, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Speaker
Brian Biles, The George Washington University, Speaker
Christine Ferguson, The George Washington University, Speaker
Chris Jennings, Jennings Policy Strategies, Speaker
Dean Rosen, Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, Inc., Speaker

Transcript, Event Summary and/or Webcast and Podcast

Transcript: Health Reform Lessons Learned (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 2/1/2008
Event Summary: Health Reform Lessons Learned: Veterans of 1993-94 Offer Advice to Today's Reformers (Word Document), 1/18/2008
Full Webcast/Podcast: Health Reform Lessons Learned

The transcript, full webcast and podcast for this briefing are provided by Kaiser Family Foundation.

Source Materials

The Hillarycare Mythology (Adobe Acrobat PDF), The American Prospect, 10/1/2007
Harry and Louise and Health Care Reform: Romancing Public Opinion (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law, 12/1/2001
Key Provisions of the Health Security Act of 1993 (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Karen Pollitz, 12/7/2007
10 Years Beyond the Health Security Act Failure (Adobe Acrobat PDF), JAMA, 10/27/2004
Foul Weather Friends: Big Business and Health Care Reform in the 1990s in Historical Perspectiv (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law, 8/1/2002
What Went Wrong: How Wonks and Pols - and You - Fumbled Universal Health Care (Adobe Acrobat PDF), The Washington Post, 8/21/1994
Expert List (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Alliance for Health Reform, 1/18/2008
Speaker Biographies (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Alliance for Health Reform, 1/18/2008
Health Reform Lessons Learned: Veterans of 1993-94 Offer Advice to Today's Reformers (Word Document), Word Document, 1/18/2008

Offsite Materials (briefing documents saved on other websites)

Beyond Hillarycare, National Journal, 5/4/2007
Myth vs. Reality, Pharmaceutical Executive, 2/1/2007
What Happened to Health Care Reform?, The American Prospect, 2/1/1995
For Health Care, Time Was Killer, The New York Times, 8/29/1994
Learning from Failure in Health Care Reform, New England Journal of Medicine, 10/25/2007


Brian Biles, of The George Washington University-- speaker at the January 18th briefing cosponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

David Colby of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-- speaker at the January 18th briefing cosponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Susan Dentzer of NewsHour with Jim Lehrer-- moderator at the January 18th briefing cosponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Christine Ferguson of The George Washington University-- speaker at the January 18th briefing cosponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Chris Jennings of Jennings Policy Strategies-- speaker at the January 18th briefing cosponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Dean Rosen of Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, Inc. -- speaker at the January 18th briefing cosponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


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