Congress is preparing to tackle the major task of reforming America's healthcare system. As the country may soon be asked to make fundamental changes, it's critical to understand the principles that should guide the debate.
Before a nationalized healthcare agenda moves forward, policymakers should answer questions about whether quality care will be accessible and affordable. Topics - ranging from how best to reform the private health insurance market and expand coverage to the dangers of a government-run public plan competing with private plans - must be addressed.
Senator Mike Enzi, the Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, explains how to shape the national conversation on healthcare reform.
Stuart Butler has been generating ideas for The Heritage Foundation since 1979, when the young British scholar joined the still relatively obscure conservative think tank as a policy analyst specializing in urban issues.
Now as Heritage's Vice President of Domestic and Economic Policy Studies, Butler's ideas continue to change the course of public policy in America. Recently, he has played a large role in the national "Fiscal Wake-Up Tour," in which a group of nonpartisan, ideologically diverse budget realists have been traveling the country to build public support for tackling the growing budget threat posed by the "Big Three" entitlement programs - Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security.
Senator Mike Enzi
Michael Bradley "Mike" Enzi is the senior U.S. Senator from Wyoming. Before his election to the U.S. Senate in 1996, Enzi was a businessman who at one time owned family shoe stores.
He later became a politician on the state level, having served in the Wyoming Legislature for more than a decade. He was reelected to the U.S. Senate in 2002 and again in 2008. Enzi is a Republican.
John Hilboldt oversees Heritage's Lectures and Seminars Program which annually hosts over 100 public programs at the Foundation's headquarters.
Before becoming Director of Lectures and Seminars, he served for four years as Deputy Director of Coalition Relations, editing two issues of the Policy Experts guide and its accompanying policyexperts.org web directory as well as coordinating other outreach endeavors.
Additionally, he is a member of the Advisory Council of the Young Britons' Foundation of London.