Larry Kocot Quoted in Article, “ObamaCare Week Five Scorecard: Testimony, Glitches and Six Enrollees?”


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 Five Scorecard: Testimony, Glitches and Six Enrollees?"

Following is an excerpt:

This headline is just one of many on the hotly-contested law, which also prompted testimony from major ObamaCare players this week, including Marilyn Tavenner, head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. ?...

Brookings Institution resident scholar Larry Kocot agreed, and said the testimony has really bought the administration time in some ways, but also turned up the pressure to get the exchanges performing at full capacity.

"People are looking to explore how deep the management and political problems are within both the department and the exchange," Kocot says. "It's about how decisions are being made, and who is making them." ?...

November 30 is now D-day for the site's many problems to be fixed, although Kocot says it's unclear if that is actually a feasible goal.

"They brought in QSSI [the original site creator] which is curious," he says. "The rationale may be that they have been involved in these meetings, and presumably have a handle on the issues and problems, but the downside is that they have been a part of the problem at certain points." ?...
Kocot added the poor performance from the federal exchange isn't doing the law any favors.

"It's not helping perception. It's like someone keeps tripping over the power cord and unplugging it," he says.