RISE Summit 2017 kicks off with talk of Trump, politics, ACA

By Leslie Small/March 6, 2017/Fierce Healthcare

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Though the annual RISE Summit takes place in “Music City,” the 2017 conference began with a discussion about what’s going on in the nation’s capital.

The reason, according to CenseoHealth Chief Strategy Officer Nathan Goldstein, is simple.

“Every one of us works at a job deeply influenced by what happens in Washington,” he said during the RISE chairpersons’ opening remarks.

With that in mind, keynote speaker Howard Fineman—an NBC/MSNBC political analyst and global editorial director of The Huffington Post Media Group—offered an insider’s view of the current climate within the Beltway now that President Donald Trump is in power.

Many new administrations come to the White House with a combination of a “burst of energy” and confusion about the complicated task of governing, he said, but with the exception of perhaps the Carter administration, “nobody has come in knowing less about how it all works than the Trump people.”

The Trump administration nevertheless is very sure about the way it wants to run the government, he added, and Democrats are just as determined to impede the Republicans’ agenda.

“I’ve never seen the city this divided into warring, distrustful and mutually exclusive camps,” Fineman said.

That contentious political climate also colors Republicans’ plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, according to Fineman.

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