Larry Kocot Quoted in Article, “House Votes to Reinstate Insurance Plans. Will Such Fixes Sink Obamacare?”Christian Science Monitor November 15, 2013
Larry Kocot, a Member of the Firm in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the Washington, DC, office, was quoted in an article titled "House Votes to Reinstate Insurance Plans. Will Such Fixes Sink Obamacare?"
Following is an excerpt:
Washington is full of ideas on how to fix the fully loaded SUV known as Obamacare. On Thursday, President Obama offered his fix. On Friday, members of the House — including 39 Democrats — approved theirs, and other lawmakers have their own ideas. But all these busy mechanics could end up doing more damage to Obamacare.
Well, start with the general aim of the various repairs. They differ in detail, but basically, they would allow — for varying times — millions of Americans whose health insurance is being canceled under Obamacare to keep their plans and their doctors if they like them. Just like Mr. Obama originally promised. ?...
A reversal could just add to the confusion and lack of confidence already swirling around Obamacare. A crisis of confidence in the new health-care system could be debilitating. Take it from Larry Kocot, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution who helped roll out Medicare Part D, the prescription drug benefit, during the George W. Bush administration.
Back then, they called Part D's stumbles "glitches," but the rollout of Obamacare has "surpassed glitches," he says. "It's very, very hard to address confusion."