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Prospects for Health Care: Where Will New Congressional Leadership Take Us?

Friday, December 08, 2006

Come January, we can expect to see some new approaches to health legislation. Sen. Harry Reid, incoming Senate majority leader, says one of his top three priorities will be more funding for stem cell research. House Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi wants a vote early on to roll back the prohibition against the federal government negotiating prescription drug prices for Medicare beneficiaries. And these are just two of the health issues likely to be debated in the new Congress. The White House too will have a definite voice in the debates to come.

What will the health related priorities of the congressional leadership and the White House be? Will the Medicare program change the way it pays providers and deals with pharmaceutical companies? Are there changes in store for SCHIP with reauthorization next year? What are the prospects for FDA reform? How will the Administration and the Congress react to the Medicaid commission’s recent recommendations? Will the federal government follow the lead of some states and address the problem of the uninsured?

To discuss these and related questions, the Alliance for Health Reform and the Kaiser Family Foundation sponsored a December 8 briefing. Panelists included: Julie Goon, White House domestic policy staff; Wendell Primus, Office of presumptive Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi; Kate Leone, Office of incoming Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid and Elizabeth Hall, Office of Senate Majority Leader, William H. Frist.


Julie Goon, White House domestic policy staff, Speaker
Wendell Primus, Office of presumptive Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, Speaker
Kate Leone, Office of incoming Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, Speaker
Elizabeth Hall, Office of Senate Majority Leader William H. Frist, Speaker

Transcript, Event Summary and/or Webcast and Podcast

Transcript: Transcript: Prospects for Health Care: Where Will New Congressional Leadership Take Us? (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 12/8/2006
Full Webcast/Podcast: Webcast: Prospects for Health Care:Where Will New Congressional Leadership Take Us?

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

Source Materials

Statement of Senator John D. Rockefeller IV (Word Document), Senator Rockefeller’s Office, 9/19/2006
Speaker Biographies: Prospects for Health Care (Word Document), , 12/8/2006

Offsite Materials (briefing documents saved on other websites)

A Case Study of the Utah Primary Care network Waiver: insights into its development, design, & , Teh Boston Glob, 11/10/2006
Democratic leaders eye FDA reforms, The Executive, 11/16/2006
Pelosi – One the Issues – Healthcare, Pelosi Official Web sight, 11/1/2006
Sen. Kennedy Outlines Goals for Senate HELP Committee, Including Universal Coverage for All U.S, Kaiser Family Foundation (, 11/17/2006
Press Release: Grassley Introduces Bill to Help States Fund Health Care for Low-Income Children, United States Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa Official Websight, 9/28/2006
SCHIP Financing Update: In 2007, 17 States Will Face Federal Funding Shortfalls of $890 Million (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 11/21/2006
AP Interview: Leader of Democrats in next Congress says ethics reform, minimum wage and stem ce, International Herald Tribune, 11/28/2006
Harry Reid- Issues: Health Care, Harry Reid Official Websight, 5/6/2006
Sen. Baucus to Tackle Health Care Costs,, 11/16/2006
Drug Industry Is on Defensive As Power Shifts, New York Times Online , 11/24/2006
Success of Drug Plan Challenges Democrats, Washington Post, 11/26/2006
US Election: Implications of Democratic control for healthcare, Goldman Sachs, 9/1/2006
Healthcare Industries Still Amongst Most Popular Targets for More Regulation but Support for Re, The Harris Poll People- Healthcare News, 11/14/2006
Health’s Ailment; A new Congress may patch up a few problems, but don’t expect a cure, U.S. News & World Report, 11/20/2006


Wendell Primus, office of presumptive Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi -- speaker at the December 8th briefing cosponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Kate Leone, office of incoming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid --speaker at the December 8th briefing cosponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Elizabeth Hall, office of Majority Leader William H. Frist -- speaker at the December 8th briefing cosponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Julie Goon, White House domestic policy staff -- speaker at the December 8th briefing cosponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Diane Rowland -- moderator at the December 8th briefing cosponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation.


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