August 22nd, 2007
07:34 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney to enter the health care fray

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

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Filed under: Healthcare • Mitt Romney
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Myron, Honolulu, HI

    Any money that goes to a for profit insurance company as profit is not going for your health care.

    Insurance drives UP the cost of health care and makes money for the super rich foreign investor.

    August 22, 2007 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  2. David, Salinas, CA

    I’d appreciate hearing about how well this system is working from Massachusetts residents.


    August 22, 2007 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  3. Dan (Baltimore, MD)

    Romney doesn't need a team of advisers on health care. He already chose the path of socialism in medicine by mandating health insurance in Mass and forcing taxpayers there to supplement it for most. If you already know that restricting freedom, not allowing people to make their own choices, and increasing the level of taxpayer-funded entitlements is the right way to go, you don't need advisers to tell you any other solution.

    He keeps hitting Rudy on immigration it's time Rudy hits him back on his wrong-headed stances on health care.

    August 23, 2007 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  4. Steve, Phoenix, Arizona

    To Mr. Romney,

    How about a few dozen ordinary Americans on your advisory panel, from all walks of life (ethnicity, income levels, etc) to give you a REAL picture of the state of health care in America?

    August 23, 2007 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  5. Tom Dedham, Mass

    One would think that everyone from all parties would find some good in this plan.

    If you already have insurance, your all set, but if not you are required to get it.

    If you can't afford it, local and federal government will ASSIST you in paying the balance of what you can't.

    The logic behind this was, it was more affordable for EVERYONE involved to pay into it what they can as a GROUP, but still enjoy a fearless visit to the doctor to get the help that is needed.

    I don't believe that it is a freebie, but a way to not put all of the payments on any one groups back, but give everyone a sense of self worth as they can proudly say that "Yes, I have insurance that I put into".

    It will be tweaked over time I am sure, but it is a start.

    August 23, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. David, Salinas, CA

    The Mass plan looks okay, but it’s not the one Romney was pushing later the same day. Romney’s plan for America is much more conservative that his plan for Massachusetts. He’s flipped again. This man says only what he thinks the voters want to hear. I don't see how anyone can trust him.

    August 25, 2007 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |