Good news? Yes. There’s been a decline in the increase of health care spending that could shrink our budget deficits in the near future. Ezekiel Emanuel, Rahm’s smarter brother, has the story in the NY Times today.
Actually, these developments are the first signs of a medical reform revolution that seems to be building, with the increased use of electronic records to determine the best and most efficient practices. As I’ve written before, there is a path to better and cheaper medical care–it’s all about best practices, putting doctors on salaries and squeezing some of the larger teaching hospitals that have been squeezing us. The President should be leading the charge…which is another reason why his State of the Union address was so disappointing.