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. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.