Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney announced members of his health care policy advisory group Wednesday who will help him formulate his policy goals as he seeks the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.
Romney’s health care team is composed of Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, an orthopaedic surgeon from the Atlanta area who practiced medicine for more than 20 years before being elected to Congress; Tim Murphy, the president of Beacon Health Strategies and former Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary under former Gov. Romney; Rep. Phil Gingrey, an obstetrician and gynecologist who practiced medicine for more than 25 years before being elected to Congress; John Cogan, a professor of public policy at Stanford University; Glenn Hubbard, the dean of the Columbia Business School; and Cindy Gillespie, who served as a counselor to Romney during his tenure as Massachusetts governor.
Under Romney, Massachusetts passed a law requiring every resident to have health insurance. Bay State residents, who cannot afford to pay for insurance, are eligible for a subsidy from the state to receive insurance free of cost, or to be exempted from the coverage requirement. Murphy and Gillespie were both involved in passing the Massachusetts law, according to the press release issued by the Romney campaign on Wednesday.
Romney is set to outline his plan for reforming the health care system in a campaign stop on Friday. Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards have already released health care reform proposals and health care is expected to be a major domestic issue in the 2008 presidential race.
– CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart