President Barack Obama Named the Most Powerful Person in Healthcare

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Readers of Modern Healthcare, the nation’s leading weekly healthcare business news magazine, has voted US President Barack Obama as the most powerful person in healthcare for the second consecutive year. The complete ranking of the ninth annual 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare appears in the August 23 issue of the magazine.

Top Five Most Powerful Played Role in Healthcare Reform

“The passage of national healthcare reform legislation in March clinched the top spot for Obama,” said Modern Healthcare editor David Burda. “The Patient Protection and Affordable Act will change the delivery of healthcare services in this country forever, and it was Obama’s unrelenting pursuit of the legislation that made it happen.”

Kathleen Sebelius, the 21st Secretary of Health and Human Services, ranked number two in the reader poll. The agency is the principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans. Since taking office, Sebelius has been a leader on some of the Obama administration’s top priorities, including a key role in the passage of the Affordable Care Act. She is quoted on the HHS.gov website as saying “Our goal is for all Americans to live healthier, more prosperous, and more productive lives.”

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Ranking third is Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. On the website www.speaker.gov, she states that access to quality, affordable health care is critical to the well-being of America, today and in the future. As part of the House of Representatives, Pelosi played a role in the reauthorization of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) in 2009, which provides health care coverage for children in modest-income families that earn too much for Medicaid, but not enough to afford private insurance.

Fourth on the reader poll of the most powerful people in healthcare is Max Baucus, US senator (D-Montana) and Finance Committee Chairman. This committee plays a major part in health care reform. In addition, Baucus is a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee which helps write and pass several Farm Bills. He is a member of the subcommittee on Hunger, Nutrition, and Family Farms.

Completing the top five leaders in healthcare is number five Sister Carol Keehan, President and CEO of the Catholic Health Association. She assumed her duties in October 2005 and is responsible for all association operations in both Washington and St. Louis. Sister Keehan is a representative to the International Federation of Catholic Healthcare Associations (AISAC) and serves on the board of Catholic Relief Services in Baltimore. In March, she was awarded one of the 21 pens used by President Obama to sign the healthcare bill. It is presidential tradition to give out the pens to proponents who have played a key role in any piece of major legislation.

For the entire list of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare for 2010, visit www. Modernhealthcare.com.

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