The Washington Times - March 5, 2009, 12:54PM

Members of Congress Expected to Attend

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) – Assistant Majority Leader

Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) – Chairman, HELP Committee

Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) – Ranking Member, HELP Committee

Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) – Chairman, Finance Committee

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) – Ranking Member, Finance Committee

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) – Chairman, Health Subcommittee of the Finance


Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) – Ranking Member, Health Subcommittee (Finance


Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) – Chairman, Appropriations Subcommittee on Health Care

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) – Ranking Member, Appropriations Subcommittee on Health Care

Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND)

Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT)

Sen. Robert Bennett (R-UT)

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)

Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)

Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH)

Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) – House Majority Leader

Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) – Republican Whip

Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) – Vice Chair of Democratic Caucus

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) – Chairman, Energy & Commerce Committee

Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) – Ranking Member, Energy & Commerce Committee

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) – Chairman, Ways and Means Committee

Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) – Ranking Member, Ways and Means Committee

Rep. George Miller (D-CA) – Chairman, Education and Labor Committee

Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) – Ranking Member, Education and Labor Committee

Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) – Chairman Emeritus of Energy & Commerce Committee

Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) – Chairman, Health Subcommittee for Energy &


Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA) – Ranking Member, Health Subcommittee for Energy & Commerce

Rep. Pete Stark (by phone) (D-CA) – Chairman, Health Subcommittee of Ways and Means

Rep. Wally Herger (R-CA) – Ranking Member, Health Subcommittee, Ways and


Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ) – Chair, Education & Labor Subcommittee on Health, Labor, et al.

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI)

Rep. Baron Hill (D-IN)

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)

Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO)

Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA)

Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-ND)

Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO)

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)

Rep. Donna Christensen (D-VI)

Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA)

Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX)

Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA)

Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI)

Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN)

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)

Rep. Mike Ross (D-AR)

Community Leaders and Stakeholders Expected to Attend

(in alphabetical order by organization name)

 AARP, Bill Novelli, President

ADAPT, Bobby Coward

AFL-CIO, Gerry Shea, Assistant to the President for Governmental Affairs     

AFSCME, Gerry McEntee, President

AFT, Randy Weingarten, President

AIDS Action    Rebecca Haag  President and CEO

Alliance for Retired Americans, Ed Coyle, Executive Director

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

American Cancer Society, Daniel Smith, President

American College of Physicians, Jeff Harris, President

American Academy of Pediatrics, David Tayloe, President

American College of Cardiology, W. Douglas Weaver, President

American Academy of Family Physicians, Ted Epperly, President

American Diabetes Association, Larry Hausner, CEO

American Heart Association, Timothy J. Gardner, President    

American Hospital Association, Rich Umbdenstock, President

American Medical Association, Nancy Nielsen, President

American Nurses Association, Rebecca Patton, President

Asian and Pacific Islander Health Forum, Dr. Ho Tran, Executive Director

Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations, Jeff Caballero, Executive Director

Building and Construction Trades Department, Mark Ayers, President

Better Health Care Together, Jody Hoffman, Executive Director

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Scott Serota, CEO

Campaign for America’s Future, Roger Hickey, Founder and Co-Director

Campaign for Mental Health Reform, William Emmett, Director    

Catholic Health Association, Sister Carol Keehan, President and CEO

CCD Health Task Force, Peter Thomas          

CED, Charlie Kolb, CEO

Center for American Progress, John Podesta, President and CEO

Change to Win, Anna Burger, Chair

Children’s Defense Fund, Marian Wright Edelman, Founding President

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Irwin E. Redlener, M.D.

Communications Workers of America, Larry Cohen, President

Federation of American Hospitals, Chip Kahn, President

General Mills, Ken Powell, President and CEO

Health Care for America Now, Richard Kirsch, National Campaign Manager 

Hispanic Medical Association, Elena Rios, President   

Human Rights Campaign, Joe Solmonese, President

Jennings Policy Strategies Group, Inc, Chris Jennings, President

League of United Latin American Citizens, Brent Wilkes, Executive Director    

Markle Foundation, Zoe Baird, President

National Association of Counties, Valerie Brown, Incoming NACO Chair

National Association of Manufacturers, John Engler, President and CEO

National Association of People with AIDS, Frank Oldham, President and CEO

National Association of Community Health Centers, Tom Van Coverden, President and CEO

National Council of La Raza, Janet Murguia, President and CEO

National Jewish Hospital, Dr. Michael Salem, President           

National Congress of American Indians, Jacqueline L. Johnson Pata, Executive Director          

National Federation of Independent Businesses, Dan Danner, President

National Indian Health Board, Stacey Bohlen, Executive Director

National Medical Association, Mohammad Akhter, Executive Director

National Partnership for Women and Families, Debra Ness, President    

National Business Group on Health, Helen Darling, President                                

National Association of Children’s Hospitals, Larry McAndrews, President and CEO

National Association of Public Hospitals, Larry Gage, President

National Rural Health Association, Dennis Berens, President

National Coalition on Health Care, Henry Simmons, Founder  

National Association for Home Care & Hospice, Val Halamandaris, President         

National Women’s Law Center, Marcia Greenberger, President          

National Minority AIDS Council, Paul Kawata, President        

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Rea Carey, President

National Hispanic Health Alliance, Dr. Jane Delgado, President

National Education Association, Dennis Van Roekel, President

Pfizer, Jeffrey Kindler, CEO

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

Physicians for a National Health Plan, Dr. Oliver Fein, Director

PICO, Scott Hersey Reed, Executive Director

Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Cecile Richards, President  

Racial and Ethnic Disparities Health Coalition, Fredette West, President

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO       

SEIU, Dennis Rivera, Chair    

SEIU, Andy Stern, President  

Small Business Majority, John Arensmeyer, Founder and CEO

Teamsters, Jim Hoffa, President

Trust for America’s Health, Jeff Levi, Executive Director          

UAW, Ronald Gettelfinger, President

UFCW, Joe Hansen, President

University of Chicago Medical School, Eric Whitaker, Executive Vice President For Strategic Affiliations

University of Miami, Donna Shalala, President

USW, Leo Gerard, President

US Chamber, Tom Donohue, President



Everyday Americans

In December, 2008 the Transition’s Health Policy Team solicited everyday Americans to hold Health Care Community Discussions around the country. The seven everyday Americans listed below all conveyed problems with the current health care system, expressed a desire to reform the system, and hosted discussions in their communities on health care issues.  They were invited to participate in Thursday’s White House Forum on Health Reform.

Travis Ulerick is a 24-year old firefighter from Dublin, Indiana. He started out as a firefighter and first responder for the volunteer fire department on June 28, 2000.  When the fire department became the sole EMS provider for the southwestern portion of Wayne County in 2007, Ulerick was one of the four crew members hired to work full-time on the department’s ambulance.  He graduated from nearby Lincoln High School, and is currently a senior at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Travis hosted a health care community discussion with other local first responders, doctors, and everyday Americans in January in the bay of Dublin’s fire station. Recently HHS staff followed Travis around his job, and he will be featured in an upcoming video on the new website. *NOTE: Travis Ulerick will introduce the President at the opening session.

Julia Denton is a 52-year old Republican from Yorktown, Virginia. Her husband is an active duty Air Force dentist with more than 23 years service. Julia currently devotes her time to caretaking and advocacy on behalf of her son Matthew, who was born with a rare genetic disorder resulting in multiple disabilities. Although Julia was a volunteer for the McCain/Palin campaign during the general election, she is now committed to the Obama health plan. She hosted a health care community discussion in December and since has continued to support the health reform effort.

Siavash Sarlati is a 24-year old Iranian-born, American citizen, and a medical student at the University of Wisconsin. After completing high school, he pursued a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating with honors. Siavash is currently a second-year medical student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and he hopes to pursue a Masters in Public Health. Siavash hosted a health care community discussion in December. He is interested in doing his residency in an under-served urban area.

Yvonne Rubie is a 57-year old from Brooklyn, New York. She is an active volunteer at House of the Lord Church, where she hosted a health care community discussion in December. Yvonne has a master’s degree in public health and uses her skills to promote health and wellness through health fairs, church discussions, and information sessions on diabetes. In an effort to continue the community discussion, she is in the process of planning an event in May focusing on elder care. Yvonne is committed to improving health care at both the national and local level.

James Stoffer is a 54-year old teacher and small-business owner from Delafield, Wisconsin. As the owner of a malt shop, James is all too familiar with the high costs of insurance. Although his family has a history of cancer, he cannot afford the checkups due to cost. He spoke about insurance being an obstacle to fulfilling his lifelong dream of owning his own business and fears that the current system limits other entrepreneurs.

Jose Oliva is a 63-year old Mexican-born, United States Citizen from El Paso, Texas. Jose works as a Customs and Border Protection Officer along the Texas-Mexico border. He is a veteran who served in the United States Air Force from May 1965 through May 1969, and all his higher education costs were paid through the GI bill and part-time employment. Jose and his wife have been married for 38 years and have four grown children. In December, Jose hosted a health care community discussion, where group participants discussed challenges to people in impoverished areas of the country. Jose believes that the biggest challenge in reforming health care is by improving access to all Americans.

Angela Diggs is a 42-year old Washington D.C. native, who is the administrator of the Congress Heights Senior Wellness Center, which is a partnership of the District of Columbia Office on Aging and Providence Hospital’s Wellness Institute. The center provides health and wellness classes for seniors on D.C.’s southwest side. In December, Angela helped organize a health care community discussion.


— Jon Ward, White House reporter, The Washington Times

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