So far, health care hasn’t gotten much attention in an election year amped up on presidential candidates’ personalities and character, immigration, and trade issues.
But insurers, pharma, hospitals, doctors, employers, seniors — all the major players in health care — know they’ve got a lot at stake in this election.
Most obviously, the fate of the ACA will be determined. Some — that’s you, pharma and large hospital systems — have prospered under the law after having a major hand in shaping it. Others — small hospitals, some doctors — have struggled.
The ACA looms large but isn’t the only game in town. Insurers are eyeing pending antitrust decisions; hospitals, mushrooming consolidation; doctors, MACRAfication of their practices; employers, the Cadillac tax.
Some may be more reluctant than others. But in 2016, if you’re a health care player, you’ve got to say, “Deal me in.”