What They’re Watching: Patrick Pine, Robert F. Kennedy Medical Plan

Patrick Pine, Chief Administrative Officer of the Robert F. Kennedy Medical Plan, told State of Reform he’s primarily focused on controlling the cost of health care for the plan’s members. The nonprofit plan has provided health coverage to low-income farmers in California since 1947,

Pine says the health plan is facing “fierce resistance” from hospitals concerning their efforts to reign in costs.

“Most of them have been pretty resistant to understanding why it’s so important that we try to keep some control on the cost. I’ve been disappointed with most hospitals. Not all, but most don’t seem as sensitive as I would have expected.”