Suppose President Obama declared he would tackle rising food prices by forcing everyone to eat at government-supervised restaurant chains. Small restaurants would be nudged to merge with national ones. Bureaucrats would monitor menu items and prices. Restaurants would record orders in a central database to ensure meals adhered to federal nutrition guidelines.
Would the voters stand for that?
Most Americans would be outraged at such infringements of their basic freedoms. Yet this is precisely the approach the Obama administration is taking by pushing doctors and hospitals into government-supervised Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).
ACOs were created by ObamaCare to encourage “efficiency” by forcing doctors and hospitals to create large health care monopolies, whose performance will be monitored byBeltway bureaucrats.
But, if you want a sense of what the government means by “efficiency,” consider that the 6-page section of ObamaCare that provides for ACOs was converted into 429 pages of regulations.
Such is the efficiency of ObamaCare. To read more about how ACOs will bring Big Brother into your life, read the rest of Dr. Hsieh’s column here.