Larry Kocot Quoted in Article, “ObamaCare Week 6: Progress or Political Theater?”


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 "ObamaCare Week 6: Progress or Political Theater?"

Following is an excerpt:

America got some more clarity on numbers this week during Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' testimony before the Senate Finance Committee, where she told lawmakers the ACA's first month will produce "very low" numbers.

"Enrollment seems to be well behind projections," says Larry Kocot, visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution. "However, there is still plenty of time to recover lost ground." ?...

And while anecdotal evidence shows the federal exchange is faring better, Kocot says he is not yet convinced things are in the clear.

"We don't know how the performance is on the back end and if it is actually improving," he says. "That is tough to assess." ?...

Both Sebelius and Marilyn Tavenner, administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, testified this week on Capitol Hill and apologized for the exchanges' performance over the past six weeks.

Kocot says repeated appearances infront of lawmakers likely did not help public perception of the rollout.

"I don't know that the testimony has done much to bolster confidence in the overall effort," he says. "I think members of Congress are still waiting for demonstrated progress before they can be, and will be, convinced these problems have been solved."