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July 27, 2014

News & Notes – Republican Convention Edition (Day 1)

The Republican National Convention began in earnest yesterday, with delegates officially nominating Mitt Romney as the party’s candidate for President and adopting the official party platform for 2012.  Health care related provisions in the platform include:

In his keynote speech, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie touted his efforts to “take on the public sector unions and to reform a pension and health benefit system that was headed to bankruptcy” and promised that as President, “Mitt Romney will tell us the hard truths we need to hear to end the debacle of putting the world’s greatest health care system in the hands of federal bureaucrats and putting those bureaucrats between an American citizen and her doctor.”

Medpage Today chronicles what some of the other Day 1 speakers had to say about health care and health reform.

Kaiser Health News and USA Today examine the health care record of Republican Vice-Presidential nominee Paul Ryan in advance of his address to the convention this evening.

Politico notes that while “polls leave no question that huge numbers of people oppose the core of Ryan’s plan” for Medicare, “Democrats haven’t yet been able to turn that opposition into a way to take down the Romney-Ryan ticket.”

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Andrew Bowman, legislative assistant at Drinker Biddle & Reath, specializes in legislative research and analysis for government relations clients across a variety of policy areas, including health care, education, and communications. He also has extensive experience with federal lobbying disclosure and campaign finance compliance. Prior to joining Drinker Biddle, Andrew served as an aide to Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) for several years, and was active in the Senator’s 2008 Presidential campaign.

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