Here's a guide to Congress's major health-policy players, and where they stand on the issues.
In an awesome display of intellectual prowess and willpower, public showmanship, and cunning political tactics, Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) has taken Washington by storm, pushing his personal agenda and the "Contract with America" to the front burner.
Gingrich's GOP revolution will likely have a long-lasting impact on health policy and the direction of health reform. Starring roles will be played by the following cast:
* Gingrich himself, Speaker of the House. No health-policy leader, Gingrich helped scuttle reform last year for political purposes. But there's evidence he's giving more serious thought to the issue these days: In testimony last month before the House Ways and Means Committee, Gingrich raised the possibility of transforming the Medicare program along managed-care lines.
* Robert Dole (R-Kan.), Senate Majority Leader. He pushed his own incremental reform bill last...