As I mentioned here before, politics, human rights, and public health are closely interwoven. And, knowing those who are most closely advising the candidates and who may well continue their roles with the next president helps me to better understand who I’m voting for and potential implications.
The information here is all public and published information and was compiled by a non-partisan health policy group. I’m going to focus here solely on the key health and foreign policy advisors of these candidates since both issues say much about how the future president may impact health and rights globally.
These are John McCain’s closest health policy advisors:
- President of DHE Consulting
- Former director of the Congressional Budget Office
- Chief economist for President Bush’s Council of Economic Advisors
- Argues that health reform is needed and advocates relying on market forces.
- Author of "Healthcare Reform in the U.S: How, When and Why"
- Professor of finance at the University of Minnesota and a professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.
- Helped craft McCain's health care plan.
- A partner at a lobbying firm that specializes in healthcare. Client include AARP, Amgen, Sanofi-Aventis, and Blue Cross Blue Shield.
- Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- A resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
- A former senior health economist for the joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress
- His research focuses on transparency for health services, regulation, and consumer-driven health care.
- Author of "Measuring Disparities, Improving Health: Closing the Gap"
- Professor at Harvard Business school known as a strong supporter of consumer-driven healthcare. She has published books and articles about health care and the need for a consumer-driven system.
- Author of "Who Killed Healthcare?"
- Member of the 2007 Google Health Advisory Council and a healthcare consultant.
- Helped found the lobbying group, the Duberstein Group.
- Former director of the Congressional Budget Office and was a domestic policy advisor to President Reagan.
These are McCain's closest foreign policy advisors:
- Founder of Orion Strategies, a lobbying firm.
- Co-founder of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, a NGO seeking support for the democratization of Iraq.
- Serving as the U.S special envoy to Sudan.
- Served as the ambassador to the U.N. for special political affairs and as the ambassador to the U.N.’s Commission on Human Rights.
- A senior foreign policy advisor for Presidents Reagan, Bush, and Bush.
- Author of "Seeking Firm Footing: America in the World in the New Century"
John Lehman (national security advisor)
- Member of the 9/11 Commission
- Former Navy Secretary in the Reagan administration.
James Woolsey (national security advisor)
- Director of CIA from 1993-1995
- Main focuses are energy policies and their role in national security. An advocate of clean energy, electric transport, and biofuels.