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When it comes to healthcare, influence is Supreme

Modern Healthcare magazine has released its latest annual list of the 100 most influential people in healthcare. And the person chosen as the industry’s biggest power player is not President Barack Obama, who steered his health care plan into law (he’s #4 on the list), or HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (she’s #5), or any of heads of the country’s largest health insurance companies (they’re ranked high, but not at the top).

This year, the person who had the biggest impact on the healthcare industry, according to the magazine’s tally, is Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.

The honor usually goes to someone who is actually in the health care industry – or someone in the executive branch of government whose decisions have a direct impact on the industry. But after Roberts’ landmark opinion in June upholding most of the federal health care law, the editors and experts who compiled the list took a different approach.

“There’s an exception to every rule, and we made a big one when we chose Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts as the most influential person in healthcare for 2012,” the editors said.

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