By Sam Foster
I think I may start doing a weekly bit on media surprise over the health care law. It's becoming as stereotyped as the "unexpectedly" word in relation to the economy.
So here is the latest "surprise" from Obama's health care law. Health care providers trying to take all the benefits and skirt cost cutting. Now why would anyone try and take all the benefits without the negatives?
NY Times is especially surprised:
When Congress passed the health care law, it envisioned doctors and hospitals joining forces, coordinating care and holding down costs, with the prospect of earning government bonuses for controlling costs.
Now, eight months into the new law there is a growing frenzy of mergers involving hospitals, clinics and doctor groups eager to share costs and savings, and cash in on the incentives. They, in turn, have deployed a small army of lawyers and lobbyists trying to persuade the Obama administration to relax or waive a body of older laws intended to thwart health care monopolies, and to protect against shoddy care and fraudulent billing of patients or Medicare.
Consumer advocates fear that the health care law could worsen some of the very problems it was meant to solve — by reducing competition, driving up costs and creating incentives for doctors and hospitals to stint on care, in order to retain their cost-saving bonuses.
Is anyone here shocked at this?