News outlets examine the role Micheal Leavitt and his followers will have on Romney's health policy and the expectation that a new president can change the health law quickly.
National Journal: Who Is Shaping Romney's Health Policy?
Romney's health advisers haven't been frequent speakers on the D.C. health policy circuit. And they aren't the people House Republicans summon to Capitol Hill to excoriate Democrats' health care law. What they share is a connection to Mike Leavitt, the man who will lead transition planning if Romney wins the White House. The former Utah governor is mild mannered and not known for partisan rancor. A fellow Mormon and onetime head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Leavitt combines policy wonkiness with the political deftness he acquired during his gubernatorial tenure. If Romney wins, Leavitt would have a big role in implementing the health reforms the campaign is proposing. In the Bush years, he led the rollout of the Medicare prescription drug plan known as Part D. Despite initial confusion among seniors, the plan eventually attracted millions of enrollees and is now one of the most popular pieces of Medicare (McCarthy, 8/29).