Sad! Most healthcare pros harshly critical of Trump’s first 100 days

If a recent survey of HIMSS readers is any indication, a large majority of healthcare professionals are deeply disappointed in how President Donald Trump has handled healthcare issues in the first 100 days of his administration.

Nearly four-fifths of respondents (79.2 percent) gave Trump’s efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act the lowest score on a five-point scale. Only 12.5 percent of HIMSS readers taking the survey rated the president’s efforts to replace the ACA with the Republican-backed American Health Care Act (AHCA) as a four or five.

GOP efforts to force a House vote on the AHCA crumbled in both March and April as Republican leaders failed to persuade moderate party members to support the legislation. Nonetheless, White House officials on Monday again expressed confidence that they would have the votes to pass the AHCA and expected the House to vote on the measure this week.

Sixty percent of HIMSS survey respondents gave the lowest score to Trump’s healthcare appointees – Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Systems Administrator Veema Serma, and Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin – with another 20 percent giving them the second-lowest grade. These federal healthcare appointees received the top two grades from a total of 16.8 percent of respondents.

Asked to rate communications by HHS, 3.2 percent respondents gave the federal department a top grade (one), with another 9.6 percent rating HHS outreach a two. Nearly three-fourths of respondents (74.5 percent) gave HHS the lowest grade (53.2 percent) or second-lowest grade (21.3 percent) for communications.

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