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Modern Healthcare Names 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare 2017; Senators Collins, McCain and Murkowski Top List

Senators Susan Collins, John McCain and Lisa Murkowski

Washington, DC, August 24, 2017 — Harris Meyer reports in Modern Healthcare that three Republican senators — Maine’s Susan Collins, Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski and Arizona’s John McCain — decided their party’s bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act would be bad for the states they represent.

Resisting tremendous political pressure, the three voted against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s stripped-down ACA repeal bill.

In doing so, they dramatically reshaped the epic political battle over the future of the ACA, which has been bitterly fought over by Republicans and Democrats since it was passed by Democrats on a party-line vote in March 2010.

For their pivotal role in changing the direction of the debate, Modern Healthcare has selected the trio of veteran Republican lawmakers for the top spot in our ranking of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare for 2017.

Of course, there were others who made large contributions to derailing the repeal legislation, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer; Republican governors such as Ohio’s John Kasich and Nevada’s Brian Sandoval; healthcare industry groups such as the American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association; and many grass-roots activists.

But those efforts would have meant nothing without the three senators’ no votes.

Their action brought them widespread praise as heroes for preserving the ACA, and equally widespread condemnation as GOP traitors for blocking fulfillment of their party’s seven-year promise to abolish the law.

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