The Losers

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For­mer HHS Sec­re­tary Kath­leen Se­be­lius was forced to re­sign fol­low­ing the botched roll­out of Health­Care.gov

MIT economist Jonathan Gru­ber, an Oba­macare con­sul­tant, had to apol­o­gize to Congress over video­taped com­ments claim­ing Democrats re­lied on vot­ers’ “stu­pid­ity” to pass the re­form law

Part­ners Health­Care CEO Dr. Gary Got­tlieb is still wait­ing for a judge’s decision on whether to ap­prove his sys­tem’s deal with the Mas­sachusetts at­tor­ney gen­eral to ac­quire two key hos­pi­tals; the AG was de­feated in her gu­ber­na­to­rial bid amid heavy crit­i­cism of the deal

Dr. Pa­trick Con­way, di­rec­tor of the Cen­ter for Medi­care & Med­i­caid In­no­va­tion, saw the Medi­care Pi­o­neer ACO pro­gram lose more ac­count­able care or­ga­ni­za­tions this year, with 19 ACOs now par­tic­i­pat­ing, com­pared with 32 at the start

Texas Health Re­sources CEO Bar­clay Ber­dan’s Dal­las hos­pi­tal suf­fered an im­me­di­ate falloff in pa­tients and rev­enue fol­low­ing a missed Ebola di­ag­no­sis in its ED, the death of the pa­tient, and the in­fec­tion of two nurses, though vol­ume has re­cov­ered

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama saw the dis­as­trous roll­out of the ex­changes con­trib­ute to his low ap­proval rat­ings and big Demo­cratic elec­tion losses

For­mer Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Sec­re­tary Eric Shin­seki was forced to re­sign after rev­e­la­tions of long de­lays in ac­cess to VA care and fal­si­fied wait­ing lists

Vir­ginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe was blocked by Repub­li­can law­mak­ers from ex­pand­ing Med­i­caid after a Demo­cratic se­na­tor sud­denly re­signed, rob­bing McAuliffe of a key vote

Dr. Thomas Frieden, di­rec­tor of the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion, had to apol­o­gize fol­low­ing his state­ment that the U.S. health­care sys­tem was well-pre­pared for any Ebola out­break after prob­lems with Ebola care in Dal­las and the agency’s fail­ure to pre­vent an in­fected nurse from trav­el­ing by air

Health­care providers in 23 states that have not ex­panded Med­i­caid con­tinue to face high un­com­pen­sated-care costs

Pre­ferred One CEO Mar­cus Merz will step down at the end of 2014 after his health plan an­nounced it would exit the Min­nesota ex­change be­cause of fi­nan­cial losses, leav­ing thou­sands of mem­bers in the lurch

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