It's an honor to make Modern Healthcare's listing of the 'Top 100' most influential "movers and shakers in healthcare"--and this year marks the fifth year in a row Stern has been named in the annual rankings. Stern is referred to as one of "the chief architects of healthcare reform," alongside other top contenders President Barack Obama, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Sen. Baucus (D-Mont.) and OMB director of the White House Office Peter Orszag.
This year, a total of just under Modern Healthcare readers re: who they believed should make the final list of the 100 Most Powerful. Who's #1 on the list? President Barack Obama, of course--a person who's strong leadership and vision for reform in the national debate about healthcare reform make him more than deserving of the top seat. Check out a gallery of the entire 'Top 100' list here.
For an informative look at the most important elements of healthcare reform, check out Families USA's brief outlining the top ten. (WaPo's Ezra Klein also recommends the brief). Included in the list of reasons to support healthcare reform: a strong public plan option, a regulated marketplace, an expansion of Medicaid coverage for low-income families and better access to coverage for uninsured children.