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Healthcare Debate: What Are the Blue Dogs Afraid Of?

Complete video at: Former legislators Billy Tauzin and Tom Daschle discuss the biggest concerns for conservative "Blue Dog" Congressional 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. ----- 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. - Aspen Institute Thomas Andrew Daschle is a former U.S. Senator and Senate Majority Leader from South Dakota. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He was defeated on November 2, 2004, by the Republican candidate, John Thune, in his bid for re-election. He is currently a Special Policy Advisor at the law firm Alston & Bird LLP, visiting professor at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute at Georgetown University, and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. 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 Louisiana???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.
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