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Healthcare Providers, Insurers Supersize

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Healthcare Providers, Insurers Supersize

by Anna Wilde Mathews | The Wall Street Journal | September 21, 2015

Healthcare Providers, Insurers Supersize

Sovereign Solutions Editor’s Note:

We will go out on a limb [not really] and say that this is a very bad thing.

Per the linked article’s sub headline of “Dozens of mergers among hospitals, medical practices are side effect of health-care law,” we suggest that such is bologna.

Bologna?

Yup. In case you didn’t know, the anti-competition Big Boys of the healthcare market landscape, especially the healthcare insurers, basically wrote the much talked about healthcare law!

And Golly, wouldn’t you know it, things tend to work out pretty darn well for the healthcare insurers!

Well, this is what, invariably, Big Government and Big Business do.

Cartels ALWAYS require both the Big G as well as the Big B–not one or the other like the synthetic false paradigm Left versus Right wing political propaganda systems present as being sole options of substantive difference.

Oh, back to the healthcare SUPERSIZING:

“The supersizing, which hasn’t been slowed so far by signals of regulatory concern about health-care consolidation, reflects efforts by companies in both industries to gain the scale and heft to succeed amid changes unleashed or accelerated by the health law. Those include growing pressures to constrain costs, and new forms of payment that require providers to meet efficiency and care-quality goals.”

The entirety of the linked article, including the aforementioned, does little to provide any reason for there to be expectation of relief.

Let me get this straight: So healthcare law goals for efficiency and cost curbing are helping to consolidate the market into even fewer players? And that leads to the opposite stated intentions.

Less competition is the result of STATED intention to lower costs and improve efficiency?

FAIL. This is an epic fail, one that ought to have been expected

Per usual, the players in the rigged healthcare markets issue empty platitudes. Platitudes, in fact, much like the failure that is America’s morally and ideologically bankrupt political scoundrels. 

We will have to look elsewhere for quality and value in healthcare. The Big Boys are on the prowl to corner more market share, inflate prices, and create barriers to market entry. At least that is our humble opinion.

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Five years after the Affordable Care Act helped set off a health-care merger frenzy, the pace of consolidation is accelerating, transforming the medical marketplace into a land of giants.

The trend is under a new spotlight now, as Congress zeroes in on the competitive and cost impact of proposed deals that would collapse the health-insurance industry’s top five players into just three massive companies, each with more than $100 billion in annual revenue. On Tuesday, a Senate subcommittee is set to hear testimony from the chief executives of Aetna Inc., which plans to acquire Humana Inc., and Anthem Inc., which is seeking to buy Cigna Corp., as well as the head of the American Hospital Association.

The other big insurer, which isn’t testifying, is UnitedHealth Group Inc.

The managed-care deals parallel what has been happening among health-care providers—2015 is on pace to notch the most U.S. hospital deals since 1999, with 71 announced through the end of August, according to Irving Levin Associates, a research firm that tracks health-care transactions. That comes on top of an already torrid spate of deal-making—in 2010, the year the health law passed, there were 72 hospital acquisitions, up from just 50 the year before. Last year, there were 100.

The supersizing, which hasn’t been slowed so far by signals of regulatory concern about health-care consolidation, reflects efforts by companies in both industries to gain the scale and heft to succeed amid changes unleashed or accelerated by the health law. Those include growing pressures to constrain costs, and new forms of payment that require providers to meet efficiency and care-quality goals. Health systems are adding hospitals, doctor practices and a range of other services that enable them to manage all of a patient’s care. And each industry is bulking up to amass leverage in contract negotiations against the other.

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