A whole new ball game

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Author: Steven Findlay
Date: Feb. 1995
From: Business & Health(Vol. 13, Issue 2)
Publisher: Truven Health Analytics Inc.
Document Type: Column
Length: 591 words

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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...

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