Wow, this series is pretty interesting. I was alerted to the article because it contained the phrase "VA Hospital" which generated a google alert for me. I didn't realize that Kaiser Permanente was almost a closed system. It is good that as healthcare improves, there might be some incentives to adopt technological advances.
Depending on how involved the government wants to get in the health insurance business, saving money could be a positive motivation.
Of course, with most things political, it could be a matter of time before the pendulum swings in the other direction.