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Health Care Opinion Leaders' Views on Priorities for the Obama Administration

The 17th Commonwealth Fund/Modern Healthcare Health Care Opinion Leaders Survey asked a diverse group of experts about priorities for the incoming administration and found President Obama enjoys a strong mandate for major elements of the health care reform proposal unveiled during the 2008 presidential campaign. There was strong support for allowing uninsured individuals to purchase coverage through a health insurance exchange, expanding the State Children's Health Insurance Program, creating new insurance market regulations, instituting employer provision or financing of coverage, and including a public insurance option in an insurance exchange. Large majorities of opinion leaders thought several specific health care provisions were very important or absolutely essential elements of a forthcoming economic stimulus package, including investing in health information technology, providing federal Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) premium assistance for recently laid-off workers, and allowing long-term unemployed Americans access to a public health insurance program.

Also see two related commentaries, The Minnesota Way by Tim Pawlenty, Governor of Minnesota, and Road to Reform by Max Baucus, Senator from Montana.

Publication Details

Publication Date: January 1, 2009
Citation: K. Stremikis, S. R. Collins, K. Davis, and S. Guterman, Health Care Opinion Leaders' Views on Priorities for the Obama Administration, The Commonwealth Fund, January 2009.


Sara Collins
Vice President, Health Care Coverage and Access, The Commonwealth Fund
Independent Consultant
Professor Emerita in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Associate Director for Policy, Pacific Business Group on Health