Modern Healthcare Names President Obama 2009’s Most Powerful Leader

obama-health-care-logoPresident Barack Obama’s historic effort to reform the nation’s broken healthcare system has placed him at the top of Modern Healthcare magazine’s “100 Most Powerful” leaders for 2009.

Despite the fact that the Democrats are losing some steam on healthcare reform and the Republicans are looking stronger for the 2010 midterm elections, Modern Healthcare magazine has saluted the importance of President Obama’s initiative and his willingness to risk his significant political capital on the most difficult issue in America.

According to Modern Healthcare, “As the debate rages on over reform, it’s clear that the top man In this year’s list, President Barack Obama, will face many more hurdles as he works to broker deals with sectors of the healthcare industry to achieve cost savings in his No. 1 domestic priority, while herding a still-divided Congress into approving a bill that he can sign his name to and claim as a victory for his administration.”

Modern Healthcare’s top five healthcare leaders for 2009 include:

1. Barack Obama, President of the United States, Washington, D.C.

2. Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C.

3. Nancy-Ann DeParle, Director, White House Office of Health Reform, Washington, D.C.

4. Max Baucus, U.S. senator (D-MT) chairman, Senate Finance Committee, Washington, D.C.

5. Chuck Grassley, U.S. senator (R-IA), ranking member, Senate Finance Committee, Washington, D.C.

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