Energy and Commerce Committee names health staffers

Two key healthcare staffers were named Wednesday night to a powerful House committee charged with dismantling the healthcare reform law.

The Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), hired John O'Shea and Julie Goon as the committee's senior health policy advisers.

From the release:

John O'Shea, M.D. - Senior Health Policy Advisor
O’Shea comes to the Committee with over 20 years experience as a practicing surgeon. He received a Masters in Public Administration with a focus on Health Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2006. Following graduation from the Kennedy School, he was the Harvard Graduate Fellow in health policy at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. He has worked on a number of health care issues, including the Medicare physician payment system, quality and access in the Medicaid program, the delivery of emergency medical services, medical malpractice and the effects of heathcare reform on the patient-doctor relationship. He also has a Graduate Degree in the History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied the history of healthcare policy in the United States.

Julie Goon - Senior Health Policy Advisor
Goon served as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush for Economic Policy at the National Economic Council (NEC) from 2006 to 2009, and was responsible for the NEC’s health care portfolio including entitlement programs (Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP), healthcare access issues, transparency in pricing and quality, and health information technology. Goon joined the NEC from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where she served as Director of Medicare Outreach and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Goon joins the Committee from General Electric where she has been Director of healthymagination, GE's cross-business initiative built on a global commitment to reduce costs, improve quality and expand access through innovation and partnership.