"It's always reassuring to find you've made the right enemies." -- William J. Donovan
In the primaries four years ago Rick Perry got himself into trouble by supporting compassion for immigrant children and charging that opponents of DREAM-esqe legislation are heartless ("If you say that we should not educate children who have come into our state for no other reason than they have been brought there by no fault of their own, I donít think you have a heart."). That didn't go over well with the base, as I recall.
Kasich has arguably gone further, implying opponents of Obama's Medicaid expansion are going to hell: "Now, when you die and get to the meeting with St. Peter, heís probably not going to ask you much about what you did about keeping government small. But he is going to ask you what you did for the poor. You better have a good answer." How are the poor-bashing, ACA-despising ogres in the base going to like it when he holds a mirror up to them?
Hospital prices drop for the first time
By Melanie Evans | February 21, 2015
Payers' efforts to drive down hospital prices may be succeeding.
Prices that private and public health insurers paid to acute-care hospitals declined in January, compared with the same month a year ago, the first time they have dropped since the federal government began collecting these data. . .
This appears to be a combination of the public sector pressure, but an even more fierce change on behalf of the private payers,” said Paul Hughes-Cromwick, a senior health economist at the Altarum Institute's Center for Sustainable Health Spending.
“Insurers are more aggressively bargaining with hospitals and more aggressively investing in programs that lower hospital utilization rates,” said Neraj Sood, an associate professor in health economics and policy at the University of Southern California.