We’ve praised UNC Health Care CEO Bill Roper lately for speaking openly and honestly about health reform and the need for hospitals to operate more efficiently.
Now Atkinson is speaking out in support of President Obama’s proposals to expand coverage and control costs. From the News & Observer:
“I personally support what he has got on the table,” said Bill Atkinson, president and CEO of WakeMed, Wake County’s largest hospital, who cut short a vacation to attend the meeting. “He’s up against some tough obstructionists.
“Most people are worried about change. He is up against some well-entrenched special interests, including my own industry.”
Atkinson has recognized for years the importance of universal coverage, and his hospital provides an enormous amount of charity care to the uninsured. But I haven’t heard him address the health care legislation currently working its way through Congress.
His endorsement of Obama’s reform vision is important, and admirable.