Health Care and the Budget
Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2009/07/23/Top_Senate_Aides_Debate_Health_Care_Reform A panel of Senate advisors and New School President Bob Kerrey debate how much the proposed health care reform bill is projected to cost American taxpayers over time. ----- New School President and former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey hosts a debate from the recording studio in the U.S. Senate to discuss the health care reform debate raging on Capitol Hill. He is joined by three top advisors to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senators Edward Kennedy and Max Baucus, the Democratic leaders shaping reform legislation. Panelists provide an inside look at the latest proposed legislative approaches to health care reform, including a public health care plan, reducing reform's price tag, taxing employer-provided health care benefits, points of agreement -- and tension -- between the White House and Congress, and lessons learned from the Massachusetts model of universal coverage. - The New School Bob Kerrey is president of The New School in New York City. For twelve years prior to becoming president of The New School, Bob Kerrey represented the State of Nebraska in the United States Senate. Before that he served as Nebraska's governor for four years. Kate Leone is senior health counsel to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). She works on Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, health coverage, and prescription drug and medical device issues. Ms. Leone joined Senator Reid's staff in January 2005 after serving as counsel to the previous Senate Democratic Leader, Tom Daschle, and working as a senior policy advisor with the Senate Democratic Policy Committee. Dr. John McDonough advises Senator Kennedy on national health reform and is an adjunct lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is the former executive director of Health Care For All, Massachusetts' leading consumer health advocacy organization. Russ Sullivan plays a leading role in helping the Senate Finance Committee, led by Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), to shape the nation's tax system. Mr. Sullivan served as the committee's chief tax counsel under former Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY) and as tax counsel and legislative director for then-Senator Bob Graham (D-FL).