Lenders prefer fed-led reform
federal or all state; they’re fairly comfortable with the balance with some wanting a little more role for the federal government,” Karen Davis, president of the Commonwealth Fund, said about the survey’s major finding.
Overall, 29% of the survey respondents said the 2010 healthcare law struck a good balance between federal and state governments, while 41% said the federal government should have more authority than it allowed and 25% wanted the states to have more authority.
The significance of the findings regarding preferences for a larger federal role were less clear to others, including Dr. Joel Brill, chief medical officer at Predictive Health in Phoenix. The dominance of academic and research professionals (56% of respondents) in the survey may have skewed the results more toward a strong government role in healthcare than many who provide healthcare would support.
“They might be able to look at things from a theoretical standpoint but not a practical standpoint,” Brill said about academics and researchers.
Dr. Bruce Landes, president and CEO of Southwest Physician Associates and a critic of the 2010 healthcare law, rejected the survey’s limitation of choices only to increasing either federal or state government roles in healthcare.
“(T)here is no way to respond to express