The Players


By Kate Steadman

‘The Players’ is a series of Kaiser Health News profiles highlighting the key roles of certain individuals in the current health reform debate. Each profile provides a brief bio, whether the player was involved in President Clinton’s attempts to overhaul health care in 1993-1994 and how their participation could shape today’s negotiations. This list is in alphabetical order.

The PlayersMelody Barnes
Director, White House Domestic Policy Council

The PlayersRep. Joe Barton, R-Texas
Ranking Member, House Energy and Commerce Committee

The PlayersSen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.
Chairman, Senate Finance Committee

The PlayersRep. John Boehner, R-Ohio
House Minority Leader

The PlayersDavid Blumenthal
National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

The PlayersRep. David Camp, R-Mich.
Ranking Member, House Ways and Means Committee

The PlayersSen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D.
Chairman, Senate Budget Committee

The PlayersRep. John Conyers, D-Mich.
Chairman, House Judiciary Committee

The PlayersDavid Cutler
Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics, Harvard University

Dan Danner
President and CEO, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)

The PlayersNancy-Ann DeParle
Director, White House Office of Health Reform

The PlayersRep. John Dingell, D-Mich.
Chairman, Health Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee

Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn.
Chairman, Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee

The PlayersEzekiel Emanuel
Special Advisor For Health Policy To the Director of White House Office of Management and Budget

The PlayersSen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.
Ranking Member, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee

The PlayersSen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa
Ranking Member, Senate Finance Committee

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah
Ranking Member, Senate Finance Committee’s Health Subcommittee

Karen Ignagni
President and CEO, America’s Health Insurance Plans

The PlayersChris Jennings
President, Jennings Policy Strategies

The PlayersCharles “Chip” Kahn, III
President, Federation of American Hospitals

Jeanne Lambrew
Director, HHS Office of Health Reform

The PlayersSen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Senate Minority Leader

The PlayersPeter Orszag
Director, Office of Management and Budget

The PlayersRep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
Speaker of the House

The PlayersRon Pollack
Executive Director, Families USA

The PlayersRep. Tom Price, R-Ga.
Chairman, House Republican Study Committee

The PlayersRep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.
Chairman, House Ways and Means Committee

The PlayersSen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.
Senate Majority Leader

The PlayersJohn Rother
Group Executive Officer of Policy and Strategy, AARP

The PlayersRep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
Ranking Member, House Budget Committee

The PlayersKathleen Sebelius
Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services

Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine
Member, Senate Finance Committee

The PlayersRep. Pete Stark, D-Calif.
Chairman, House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee

The PlayersAndy Stern
President, SEIU

The PlayersLarry Summers
Director, National Economic Council

The PlayersBilly Tauzin
President and CEO, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)

The PlayersRichard Umbdenstock
President and CEO, American Hospital Association

The PlayersRep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif.
Chairman, House Energy and Commerce Committee