Survey: Health Care Leaders Split on Trump Administration

Most favor retaining Obamacare, with some changes

While 41% of health care executives are generally positive about the potential impact of the incoming Trump administration, nearly as many (37%) are generally negative about the prospects, according to a new HealthLeaders Media survey. The poll provides a snapshot of what industry leaders think of the new administration as it prepares to revise health care policy.

A greater share of respondents who said the Trump administration will have a very positive or positive impact on the health care industry was from the South (50%) than from the Midwest (41%), Northeast (34%), or West (34%). Conversely, a greater share of respondents who said the new administration will have a very negative or negative impact on the industry was from the Northeast (42%), West (41%), and the Midwest (39%) than from the South (27%).

A plurality of health care leaders (43%) said they expect that Tom Price, MD, Trump’s Health and Human Services Secretary nominee, will have a positive/very positive impact on the industry, whereas 34% expect a negative/very negative impact; 10% expect a neutral impact; and 14% didn’t know.

There was more uncertainty regarding Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator nominee Seema Verma, MD. One third (33%) of the respondents said they expect that she will have a positive/very positive impact on the health care industry, whereas 21% expect a negative/very negative impact; 24% expect a neutral impact; and 22% didn’t know.

Most of the respondents (65%) favored reducing health care regulations, but within reason as some regulations are needed, and 66% said the best option for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is to make some changes, but otherwise retain it. Both of these results are an indication that broad consensus is possible, according to the HealthLeaders Media report.

Source: HealthLeaders Media; January 19, 2017.