The nation's top healthcare leaders overwhelmingly back the Affordable Care Act and support its goal of pushing providers away from fee-for-service medicine and toward delivering value-based care, according to Modern Healthcare's second-quarter CEO Power Panel poll.
While the Republican Party and its presumptive nominee, businessman Donald Trump, continue to stand by their “repeal and replace” slogan, the sector's CEOs overwhelmingly reject that idea, in large part because they are unimpressed with the GOP's attempts to articulate what it would replace it with.
But at the same time, only a small group supports moving to a single-payer system, which has been a central theme of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' surprisingly resilient campaign, which he has vowed to continue through the party's convention this summer in Philadelphia.
The overwhelming message from the survey, which covered a range of issues raised on the campaign trail this year, was that the next president and Congress should stay the course set by President Barack Obama and the ACA. But healthcare leaders are also looking for the nation's political leadership to reject complacency and look for ways to improve what they see as a far-from- perfect piece of legislation.
“I think the Affordable Care Act needs to stay, and we need to keep improving it,” said Dr. Gary Kaplan, CEO of the not-for-profit Virginia Mason Health System in Seattle. “I think that we can put together great minds and make some further improvements and hopefully take it out of being a political football.”
The CEO Power Panel includes 110 top leaders of hospitals, insurance companies, physician groups, trade associations and other not-for-profit advocacy groups. The second-quarter survey on policy options that the next president and Congress might address attracted 86 respondents, a 78% response rate.