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Survey Shows Health Care CEOs Overwhelmingly Support Obamacare

A survey from Modern Healthcare shows more than two-thirds of health care executives support keeping Obamacare, while just 2 percent want it gone.
Posted at 11:05 PM, May 23, 2016

Health care in the U.S. has become a deeply partisan issue, with Democrats wanting to continue with or expand the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, while Republicans tout their "repeal and replace" plan. But health care leaders have spoken out in favor of the Affordable Care Act.

Modern Healthcare surveyed a "CEO Power Panel" of executives from "hospitals, insurance companies, physician groups, trade associations and other not-for-profit advocacy groups" and found more than two-thirds of CEOs oppose repealing the ACA.

Only 2 percent of that group wanted to remove the ACA, and the rest who weighed in said they’d need more details before deciding one way or the other.

But the switch to the ACA was enough change for that group. Only 9 percent were in favor of creating a single-payer plan funded by the government.

Some seem to think the U.S. just isn’t ready. The CEO of the Cedars-Sinai health system said a single-payer system "will only be politically feasible once it is sufficiently socially acceptable. Americans still place a very high value on choice."

Though maybe not as high as he thinks. A recent Gallup Poll found 58 percent of Americans are in favor of creating a federally funded health program.

But many Americans are also OK with keeping the ACA. Another study found two-thirds of respondents said their marketplace or ACA-compliant health insurance was either good or excellent. 

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