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McDonnell appoints healthcare study panel

While cheering on Virginia’s lawsuit to block the Obama administration’s healthcare reforms, Gov. Bob McDonnell says he wants to explore ways to make healthcare affordable “in an economically responsible manner.”

To that end, McDonnell today announced the 24 members of his Virginia Health Reform Initiative Advisory Council, headed by Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Bill Hazel.

Appointees include Richmond lawyer Scott Johnson, general counsel of the Medical Society of Virginia; Del. Ben Cline (R-Amherst), a prosecutor; Del. Patrick Pope (D-Arlington), an attorney; and former Del. William Fralin (R-Roanoke), an attorney and CEO of Medical Facilities of America.

By Peter Vieth

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