Posted with permission from STAT

When news broke Tuesday morning that Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase are forming an independent health care company for their employees, headlines hailed the idea as a way to "disrupt" health care.

"It could be big," Ed Kaplan, who negotiates health coverage on behalf of large employers as the national health practice leader for the Segal Group, told the New York Times. "Those are three big players, and I think if they get into health care insurance or the health care coverage space they are going to make a big impact."

But many health care experts were far more skeptical - noting both the near-total absence of details in the announcement and the fact that the history of the health care industry is littered with examples of players who have pledged to disrupt the field but ultimately failed.

 

 

Even without details, shares of companies across the health care industry fell sharply.

 

And this being health care Twitter, there was also health care humor.