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.
Rep. Christopher H. Smith, R-N.J., left, David Goldman, center, and Arvind Chawdra right, attend a news conference in the Rayburn House Office Building on international child abduction. Goldman and Chawdra are fathers whose children were abducted by their mothers and taken abroad.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.