The former president of the Federation of American Health Systems is heading a healthcare committee for the presidential campaign of Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan).
Michael Brom- berg said the group will not formulate healthcare policy for Dole but instead is charged with "finding ways to differentiate Dole from Clinton on healthcare."
The committee consists of about 30 members, many of them prominent Washington healthcare experts. Similar committees have been created to deal with such issues as Social Security and tax reform.
"(The committee) is more of a political operation than a policy operation," said Bromberg, who retired in late 1994 after heading the for-profit hospitals' trade association for 25 years.
He currently is of counsel with the law firm of Republican adviser Deborah Steelman. Bromberg also continues to serve the federation as vice chairman of the board, the organization's policy-making body.
Bromberg said most healthcare policy decisions were being made by Dole's senate staff.
Among the tasks the committee is undertaking are outlining themes for the campaign, giving speechwriters ideas and policies and preparing background reports for Dole.
"We do whatever we are asked to do by the campaign," Bromberg said.
The committee has met infrequently since it was formed late last year, but Bromberg said he expected more activity as the presidential campaign heats up.
Creating advisory committees for issues like healthcare reform is standard procedure for campaigns as a way to get technical advice and keep supporters involved in the campaign.
Generally, the committees also are the source for many of the transition-team members for a victorious candidate.
Among the members of Brom-berg's committee are Healthcare Leadership Council President Pamela Bailey; American Hospital Association lobbyist and fellow Kansas native Herb Kuhn; Marie Michnich, associate executive vice president of the American College of Cardiology and a former Dole aide; and Arthur Lifson, Cigna vice president of health policy.