Skip to main content


Trump Victory Elicits Measured Response from Healthcare Leaders

By John Commins  
   November 11, 2016

For the most part, the nation's major healthcare payer and provider associations are serving up predictable good-faith pledges to the president-elect, who has promised to upend the healthcare landscape.

One of the most contentious and shocking presidential elections in U.S. history has been greeted with safely worded platitudes by the nation's major healthcare provider and payer associations.

Republican President-elect Donald J. Trump has promised to repeal Obamacare and replace it with "something better," which could create chaos for the healthcare sector.

Trump, GOP In Congress Could Use "Must-Pass" Bills To Bring Health Changes

Nonetheless, it is hard to detect a sense of urgency or alarm based on the comments made so far by major players in the nearly $3 trillion healthcare sector, who greeted the new administration with business-as-usual bromides.

American Hospital Association President and CEO Rick Pollack issued a statement that could have been drafted before the votes were counted. He did not refer to Trump by name, but said the nearly 5,000 hospitals in his organization would continue to "work in a bipartisan manner advancing our agenda."

"We look forward to working with the new Administration and Congress on the nation's healthcare challenges and will continue to do everything we can to meet our commitment to the people and communities we serve," Pollack said in prepared remarks.


John Commins is a senior editor at HealthLeaders.

Get the latest on healthcare leadership in your inbox.