Larry Kocot Quoted in Article, “Obama Turns to Fix-It Aide for Health Site”

The Wall Street Journal

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 "Obama Turns to Fix-It Aide for Health Site."

Following is an excerpt:

The Obama administration on Tuesday turned to Jeffrey Zients to help fix the widespread problems plaguing its online health-insurance marketplace, tapping a trusted adviser who gained a reputation in the White House as a crisis manager. ?...

Mr. Zients, who previously served as acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, will face a steep challenge in fixing the federally run marketplace, which is designed to offer health-insurance choices to those who can't get coverage from their employer or a government program in 36 states that have declined to run their own exchanges. The government has addressed some problems, including a technical flaw that had blocked most people from viewing their options, but others have emerged. ?...

The administration confirmed that a handful of presidential innovation fellows, technology experts who serve stints at government agencies, were among the reinforcements, but didn't say which ones. ?...

Larry Kocot, who helped set up the Medicare prescription-drug benefit in the George W. Bush administration, said he doubted personnel changes could quickly fix problems with the system and architecture. "I think they have some of the most competent people in government working on this already," he said. "I don't know that that's necessarily going to be the magic bullet."