George W. Bush's healthcare advisers are tried-and-true veterans of the Washington scene, many of whom served in the administration of former President George Bush. Among them:
Sally Canfield: The campaign's chief healthcare adviser. Served as a healthcare aide to Rep. Jim McCrery, a senior member of the House Ways and Means health subcommittee.
John Goodman: President of the Dallas-based National Center for Policy Analysis. He is widely considered the father of the "medical savings account," or MSA, under which people bank money for everyday healthcare expenses, backed up by a high-deductible catastrophic insurance plan. Conservatives are big supporters of MSAs in the healthcare reform debate.
William Roper, M.D.: A HCFA administrator under President Ronald Reagan, he is dean of the public health school at the University of North Carolina.
Deborah Steelman: Domestic policy adviser to the elder Bush's campaign and chairwoman of a commission that examined Medicare and Social Security during his tenure, she runs the lobbying firm Steelman Health Strategies, which represents numerous insurance and pharmaceutical interests.
Gail Wilensky: HCFA administrator in the elder Bush's administration, she is a senior fellow at the think tank Project Hope and chairwoman of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, which advises Congress.