Hos­pi­tal CEOs still show­ing same parochial con­cerns

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

Re­gard­ing the ar­ti­cle “Health­care CEOs have zipped their lips on AHCA pol­i­tics” (ModernHealth­care.com, May 23), I do think the CEOs of ma­jor hos­pi­tal sys­tems, the Amer­i­can Hos­pi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion, health in­sur­ers and physi­cian or­ga­ni­za­tions should be lead­ing the dis­cus­sion on the re­peal and re­form of the Af­ford­able Care Act.

Part of the prob­lem, how­ever, is that hos­pi­tal CEOs were on the wrong side of the de­bate lead­ing to the ACA’s pas­sage. They lost all cred­i­bil­ity with the public tak­ing a po­si­tion that sim­ply gilded their bal­ance sheets without re­gard to the el­e­men­tal is­sues that must be grap­pled in any true health­care re­form leg­is­la­tion. To­day they con­tinue to have the same parochial con­cerns and are ex­press­ing a hys­ter­i­cal fear they have learned from their pro­gres­sive men­tors.

David Beau­re­gard Manag­ing direc­tor Mon­u­ment Square Ad­vi­sors Richmond, Va.

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