They said they couldn’t lose.  With the com­bined pur­chas­ing pow­er of their three com­pa­nies, the right moti­va­tion, a high­ly vis­i­ble CEO and mon­ey to make it hap­pen, Haven is a not-for-prof­it, health­care-focused enti­ty cre­at­ed to reshape health care.  Instead, its shape has been affect­ed by changes of its own.  Jeff Bezos of Ama­zon, War­ren Buf­fet of Berk­shire Hath­away and Jamie Dimon of JPMor­gan Chase all start­ed Haven in Jan­u­ary 2018, deter­mined to find a way to con­trol the run­away costs of health care.  In June 2018, Atul Gawande, a renowned sur­geon and pro­fes­sor at Har­vard Uni­ver­si­ty, was appoint­ed as chief exec­u­tive offi­cer of Haven Health­care.  There was no way this could miss.  Even when they formed the com­pa­ny, the share price of health insur­ance com­pa­nies and phar­ma­cy ben­e­fit man­agers across the indus­try dropped.

On May 13, how­ev­er, Dr. Gawande resigned abrupt­ly, though odd­ly stayed on as Chair­man, while anoth­er top exec­u­tive left after just eight months.  This amid the fact that no one has real­ly heard how Haven is going to make the impact it promised.  So far, since launch­ing its first health insur­ance plans in Novem­ber, it has giv­en 30,000 JPMor­gan employ­ees access to plans oper­at­ed by Cigna and Aet­na for 2020. Those plans are designed to inform employ­ees about the true costs of care and ser­vices in order to bring costs down.  Not exact­ly as earth-shak­ing as promised.