Healthcare Priorities

As Washington debates and agonizes over the healthcare-reform proposals, a recent survey of business leaders pinpointed open markets and tort reform as their top priorities — slightly different than the legislation currently proposed — and, not surprisingly, more attuned to the GOP position.

Argyle Executive Forum received more than 900 responses from its senior corporate leadership communication on the question of “which of these issues do you feel should be the top priority of law makers as they relate to the future of the U.S. healthcare system?”

The responses:

Open markets and increase competition across state lines: 23%

Tort reform: 22%

Universal healthcare/government option: 18%

Cost containment/fraud elimination: 16%

Coverage for pre-existing conditions: 6%

Prevention programs: 4%

Plan portability: 1%

Other: 10%