Ascension Health’s president backs Obamacare, seeks revisions

The Affordable Care Act continues to garner the support of the nation’s largest Catholic health care system, but a top executive says the next American president should “revise aspects” of the law.

Anthony Tersigni, president of the St. Louis-based parent company for Ascension Wisconsin, said in an interview with Modern Healthcare that he sees similarities between the ACA and Medicare, the federal program that pays health bills for older Americans.

“Medicare in 1965 wasn’t perfect,” Tersigni said. “Eleven pieces of legislation later you’ve got over 80 percent approval ratings by the beneficiaries. We believe that’s what is going to be necessary for the Affordable Care Act.”

Ascension owns 125 hospitals and employs 7,000 physicians across the country.

Ascension executives hope for “100 percent access” to health care for every man, woman and child in the United States, Tersigni said.

Read more: St. Louis Business Journal


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