by Ken Gorrell,
Weirs Times Contributing Writer
Bugs Bunny’s signature line, delivered nonchalantly – often at the point of Elmer Fudd’s gun – is the perfect response to Dr. Bob Kocher, one of the physician-architects of the medical abomination known as ObamaCare.
I’ll assume that Kocher is a better doctor than he is economist, though his resume is light on doctoring and heavy on government consulting. His bio at Venrock, where he is a partner, says he focuses on healthcare IT and services investments. But he was once a Special Assistant to President Obama for Healthcare and Economic Policy. Simply put, he helped shape the ironically-named “Affordable Care Act” which has failed spectacularly at providing affordable care.
The good doc has had an epiphany. He was “wrong about ObamaCare” and “how the change in the delivery of health care would, and should, happen.” He wrote in the Wall Street Journal that “I believed then that the consolidation of doctors into larger physician groups was inevitable and desirable under the ACA” but “now I think we were wrong to favor it.”
Given the well-documented examples of socialized systems failing to deliver on their promises, how could this MD have believed that forcing the consolidation of medical service providers into large health systems would lead to higher quality care at lower cost? As National Center for Policy Analysis’ John Graham pointed out, these consolidated systems are missing their promised cost and quality targets.