For reporters who normally cover topics other than health reform, today’s reform debates can mean playing catch-up. They may be facing a new vocabulary – public plan option, health insurance cooperative, employer mandate, individual mandate. Maybe they’re trying to figure out what all this means for readers, viewers or listeners.
To help speed reporters along the learning curve, the Alliance for Health Reform sponsored a July 1 briefing. The webcast and resource materials compiled will be valuable for anyone wanting an overview of the health reform process in Washington to date, and where it’s headed.
Featured were: Dean Rosen, a partner at the public affairs firm Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, Inc. and head of the firm’s health practice, with Ed Howard, head of the Alliance for Health Reform and a veteran of health reform efforts going back to 1989.
Prior to joining Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, Mr. Rosen held a series of high-level positions in both government and the private sector. He was the chief health care advisor to former Senate Majority Leader William H. Frist, M.D (R-TN), after serving as staff director for the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Public Health. Previously, he was senior vice president of policy and general counsel for the Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA). Mr. Rosen came to HIAA from the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee. He also served as health policy coordinator and majority counsel to the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources.
Mr. Howard has headed up the Alliance for Health Reform since its formation in 1991. Earlier, he served as the general counsel for the U.S. Bipartisan Commission on Comprehensive Health Care, the “Pepper Commission,” which reported to Congress on ways to assure access to health care and long-term care for all Americans.
Full Transcript (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
Dean Rosen Presentation (PowerPoint)
Speaker Biographies (Adobe Acrobat PDF)