While Americans Struggled With High Premiums, Top Health Care CEOs Earned $1.7 Billion In 2017

While White Republicans blamed former black President Barack Obama for health insurance premium hikes, 64 health care insurance company CEOs — mostly white — personally pocketed almost $1.7 billion in 2017.

Axios calculated the actual realized gains of CEOs’ stock options and awards against the estimated fair value of their stock.

Neal Patterson, the former CEO of health IT firm Cerner, was the highest-paid with $148.6 million, but in a touch of irony, Patterson died last year from cancer, and won’t be able to spend it.

That leaves Regneron CEO Leonard Schleifer (pictured), who made $95 million, in the top spot.

(Source; Axios, Photo Credit: CNBC)

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