At odds on reform
Political forces split on government's role; magazine welcomes new reporter
The takeaway from this year's 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare results is this: Healthcare executives are as divided over the role of government in the provision of health benefits as is the general population. If you're reading this page first, topping this year's ranking of the 100 Most Influential is Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the House budget committee chairman who wants to turn Medicare into a voucher system and Medicaid into a state block grant program. Finishing a close second is the Democratic governor from Vermont, Peter Shumlin, who wants his state to convert to a government-run single-payer system. They're 180 degrees apart on healthcare policy, yet first and second on our 10th annual ranking of the industry's movers and shakers. Perhaps the only thing they agree on is how important it was to talk to Modern Healthcare for the story. Both found the time to chat with reporter Andis Robeznieks for this issue's cover story. Shumlin also agreed to an exclusive podcast interview, which you can listen to on our website, ModernHealthcare.com. Now that's influence.
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