There probably isnt a more complex or contentious issue before Congress these days than health care reform. There are so many players, and so many moving parts, that its tough to break the full debate into neatly compartmentalized pieces.
So for this months edition on health care, Roll Call is deviating slightly from its usual policy briefing format. Instead of taking a topic and asking Members of Congress to weigh in on various aspects of it, Roll Call decided to ask an array of lawmakers each one critical to the overall debate on health care reform some general questions about the state of play as the issue begins to move through Congress.
We asked each of the Members the following: What does health care reform mean to you? What major health care issues will Congress attempt to address this year? Whats optimal? Whats achievable? What health care reform measures will you be working on personally?
We hope that the diversity of Members who have contributed to this policy briefing makes for lively and informative reading.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.