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Tom Daschle, Richard Gephardt and Other Health Care Leaders to Diagnose Health Care Reform Battle in the Final Days of the Debate

Panel Discussions Also to Feature Top Experts on the Battle Against H1N1

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With health care reform headed to the floor of the House and Senate, the Aspen Institute and TIME magazine will present a day of panel discussions designed to shed light on what the looming changes will mean for the American people. The symposium will be held at the Top of the Hill Banquet and Conference Center, at the Reserve Officers Association, One Constitution Avenue, N.E., (directly across from the Senate Dirksen Building) on Wednesday, October 14, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event, titled "Aspen Health Forum Highlights," is free and open to the public, with advance registration required. To register, visit Speakers include:

  • The Hon. Tom Daschle; Former Senate Majority Leader
  • The Hon. Richard A. Gephardt; President and CEO, Gephardt Government Affairs
  • The Hon. Billy Tauzin; President and CEO, PhRMA
  • David Brennan; Chairman and CEO, AstraZeneca
  • David B. Snow, Jr.; Chairman and CEO, Medco

Panel discussions will consider key elements of the bill authored by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, which the committee is scheduled to vote on Tuesday; the payoff associated with medical research and reform; and comparative effectiveness.

The other major theme of the day is the public health battle against H1N1, with two sessions, titled "Strain on the System: Swine Flu and the Public Health Response" and "Vaccine Wars: Doctors vs. Pathogens" planned. Speakers in those sessions include:

  • Anthony Fauci, MD; Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH
  • Gary Nabel, MD, PhD; Director, Vaccine Research Center, NIH
  • Sir Richard Feachem, PhD, DSc; Director, Global Health Group, UCSF

The Aspen Health Forum Highlights is an effort to build on the timeliest and most engaging discussions held this past summer at the Aspen Health Forum at the Aspen Institute's campus in Aspen, Colorado.

Presented by the Aspen Institute and TIME magazine, the Aspen Health Forum is the one of the foremost gatherings of opinion leaders in health care, including world-class medical scientists, industry leaders, policymakers, scholars and others committed to medical innovation, global health and health care reform. For more information about the forum, visit

For more information on the October 14 symposium, including the agenda, full list of speakers and registration, please visit

TIME is a global multimedia brand that includes TIME magazine, the world's largest weekly newsmagazine, with a domestic audience of 20 million and a global audience of 25 million; four worldwide editions of TIME magazine, including TIME U.S., TIME Asia, TIME South Pacific, and TIME Europe, Africa & the Middle East;, which draws 6 million unique visitors a month; and TIME's other brand extensions, including TIME Style & Design and TIME For Kids.

The Aspen Institute mission is twofold: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues. The Aspen Institute does this primarily in four ways: seminars, young-leader fellowships around the globe, policy programs and public conferences and events. The Institute is based in Washington, DC, Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland's Eastern Shore and has an international network of partners.

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