Once again, administration officials and members of Congress top the 100 Most Powerful as the rollout of reform dominates the dialogue
As the cogs begin turning to make health reform a reality, who wields the most power? Our readers put policymakers in Washington at the top of our ranking of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a “great first step ... but it really is only a first step. It sets us up to get into a whole body of work on changing the care delivery system,” says Scott Armstrong of Group Health Cooperative in Seattle, who debuted at No. 38.
This year, call it “regulation domination.”
Modern Healthcare’s ninth annual ranking of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare— as decided by the magazine’s readers—is topped with people who are spearheading implementation of the sweeping new healthcare reform law and pressing forward with other big regulatory changes.
President Barack Obama leads the pack, followed by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and leading members of Congress. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Max Baucus of Montana, both Democrats, come in at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively.
Also high on the list are executives running large not-for-profit health systems, including Sister Carol Keehan, Sister Mary Jean Ryan and Joel Allison.
A few names might be switched around if voting were held today as opposed to several months ago. Peter Orszag came in at No. 6 on the list, but the 41-year-old economist stepped down from his influential post as White House budget director on July 30.
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President Barack Obama signs the reconciliation bill amending the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.