100 Most Influential People in Healthcare
Rob Portman, 61
(R-Ohio), U.S. Senate
- Compensation: $174,000
- Years on list: 1
Portman was first elected to the Senate in 2010, running a campaign that focused on conservative ideas to help create jobs and get the deficit under control. He has been a champion for underprivileged children and an advocate for policies that reduce poverty and increase opportunity. In recent debates over health legislation, he pushed back on some proposed changes in Medicaid funding as being too extreme, drawing the ire of Senate leadership. Portman also is a co-sponsor of Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers (SMART) Act-a bipartisan effort to make the Medicare Secondary Payer Program more efficient and cost-effective to taxpayers.