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.

Melody Barnes
Director, White House Domestic Policy Council

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

Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.
Chairman, Senate Finance Committee

Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio
House Minority Leader

Blumenthal David Blumenthal
National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

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

Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D.
Chairman, Senate Budget Committee

Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich.
Chairman, House Judiciary Committee

David Cutler
Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics, Harvard University

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

Nancy-Ann DeParle
Director, White House Office of Health Reform

Dingell Rep. 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

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

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

Sen. 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

Chris Jennings
President, Jennings Policy Strategies

Charles "Chip" Kahn, III
President, Federation of American Hospitals

Blumenthal Jeanne Lambrew
Director, HHS Office of Health Reform

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Senate Minority Leader

Peter Orszag
Director, Office of Management and Budget

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
Speaker of the House

Ron Pollack
Executive Director, Families USA

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

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

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.
Senate Majority Leader

Rother John Rother
Group Executive Officer of Policy and Strategy, AARP

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

Kathleen Sebelius
Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services

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

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

Andy Stern
President, SEIU

Larry Summers
Director, National Economic Council

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

Richard Umbdenstock
President and CEO, American Hospital Association

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