Thursday, September 1, 2011

Hsieh PJM OpEd: How ObamaCare Plays Games with Your Life

My latest is now up at PajamasMedia: "How ObamaCare Plays Games with Your Life".

My theme is that under ObamaCare, people will succeed through cronyism, pull, and "gaming the system". In contrast, doctors who adopt the old fashioned approach of working for their patients' best medical interests will be punished for their virtues.

Here is the opening:
Whenever Congress attempts to "reform" the tax system by passing new laws, they inevitably create new winners and losers. But one group always wins -- the consultants and special interest groups best able to "game" the system to their advantage. The same is happening now with Obama's health care "reform," except this time the stakes won't just be money, but Americans' lives...
I also discuss Dr. Stewart Segal's related concept of the "ACO leper".

Will you be an "ACO leper" under the new system?