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Modern Healthcare recently released to the public their 2015 'Top 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare' list. Leading the pack were U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and President of the United States Barack Obama. This is seen at large as a reflection of the centrality in healthcare based on the Affordable Care Act and the battle over its future.

Not including President Obama, there were four other elected officials listed. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Democratic governor, Steve Beshear, who made the list for the first time, are both officials in/representing the state of Kentucky. They make up half of the elected officials ranked on the list. Beshear championed Kentucky's successful Medicaid expansion and the establishment of a state-run insurance exchange.

All together there are 23 newcomers, including the third Kentuckian to make the list for the first time this year, Kindred Healthcare's CEO and President, Ben Breier. Breier is new to his position, but is no stranger to the healthcare industry or Kindred, a Louisville-based post-acute-care provider.

Breier said in an article by Modern Healthcare's Andis Robzenieks that he understands why he made the list. "We find ourselves front and center around the societal debate of what we are going to do to care for (the aging) population that is only going to grow in size," he said. "Moving from fee-for-service to fee-for-value will be what the next five years in healthcare will be all about. I hope Kindred will be a leader in that."