From the AP, via Yahoo News (emphasis mine):
President Barack Obama’s main idea for getting quality health care at less cost was in jeopardy Wednesday after key medical providers called his administration’s initial blueprint so complex it’s unworkable.
Just over a month ago, the administration released long-awaited draft regulations for “accountable care organizations,” networks of doctors and hospitals that would collaborate to keep Medicare patients healthier and share in the savings with taxpayers. Obama’s health care overhaul law envisioned quickly setting up hundreds of such networks around the county to lead a bottom-up reform of America’s bloated health care system.
But in an unusual rebuke, an umbrella group representing premier organizations such as the Mayo Clinic wrote the administration Wednesday saying that more than 90 percent of its members would not participate, because the rules as written are so onerous it would be nearly impossible for them to succeed.
“It’s not just a simple tweak, it’s a significant change that needs to be made,” said Donald Fisher, president of the American Medical Group Association, which represents nearly 400 large medical groups around the country providing care for roughly 1 in 3 Americans. Its members, including the Cleveland Clinic, Intermountain Healthcare in Utah, and Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania, had been seen as the vanguard for accountable care.
The medical groups say they are worried they will be left holding the bag for losses, that the government has designed things so there is no easy way to tell which patients are part of the program, and that there’s no reliable way to adjust for patients who are sicker and require closer follow-up and more expensive treatments.
The deadline for public comments on the proposed regulations is still weeks away, but Fisher said “we needed to get their attention early on, so (the administration) could be thinking about how major changes are needed to make these regulations viable.”
The medical provider umbrella group informed the president that the rules for his “accountable care organizations” are so oppressive and labyrinthine that they would be impossible to implement and still be successful. To the administration’s thinking, this is not a bug, but a feature. If ObamaCare actually succeeded in providing increased access to health care for more people at reduced costs, then there wouldn’t be any need for the government to intervene later on and take over our entire health care system by putting it all under a government controlled single payer system. We all know Barack Obama has wanted a single payer system all along. ObamaCare was just the stepping stone to getting there.
I’m pretty certain these medical providers know this, which is why they went public and made a splash with their letter that said more than 90% of its members would not participate in these accountable care organizations. I hope by putting the spotlight back onto the disastrous aspects of ObamaCare it will light a fire under the butts of those Republicans who are backing off of the idea of repealing it.