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PhRMA CEO: Healthcare Reform Depends on People First

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2009/07/26/Is_2009_like_1993_A_Conversation_on_Health_Reform Billy Tauzin, CEO of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), argues for bipartisan support of American healthcare reform. "We can be a sicker, poorer, less competitive country," he explains, "or we can be a richer, wealthier, more competitive country, it's that simple." ----- 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. 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 John Edward Porter, JD, is Chairman of Research!America, Vice President of the Foundation for NIH, Chairman of PBS, and a member of the Institute of Medicine and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a former trustee of the Brookings Institution and the RAND Corporation. Porter served 21 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and chaired the appropriations subcommittee that funded all domestic health programs, including NIH, CDC, and AHRQ, and was Vice-Chair of the subcommittee that funded U.S. global health efforts.
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