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Cost cut supporters see many ways to meet health care law's goals

Oct 1 2012

By Andy Metzger, State House News Service / Somerville Journal

“The most onerous provisions in the House bill were not included in the final bill, which is clearly a positive step,” Widmer told the News Service. “So I think the final bill broadly strikes the right balance between setting an ambitious target for cost growth on the one hand, but giving the marketplace the flexibility to achieve that target.”
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Massachusetts Businesses Pleased with Health-Care Reform

Sep 11 2012

By Dylan Scott, Governing

According to Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the percentage of small businesses that offer health insurance has increased from 70 percent to 77 percent since then-Gov. Mitt Romney signed the bill into law in 2006.
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Not all communities find ways to save on health insurance costs

Sep 2 2012

By Michael Morton, MetroWest Daily News

"My impression is that communities are going to do this in steps and not go all the way to the GIC level in one bite," said Michael Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which pushed for the legislation after years of research and advocacy.
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Mass. health law may bode well for federal law

Aug 23 2012

By Steve LeBlanc, The Bulletin / AP

A recent study by the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation found that during the five full fiscal years since it was implemented, the law has cost the state an additional $91 million a year after federal reimbursements — well within initial projections.
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Patrick signs bill tackling health care costs

Aug 6 2012

By Matt Murphy, Michael Norton and Colleen Quinn, State House News Service / Rockland Standard

Among those attending the sign ceremony were Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer, Massachusetts Association of Health Plans President Lora Pellegrini, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce President Paul Guzzi, Retailers Association of Massachusetts President Jon Hurst and Massachusetts Biotechnology Council President Robert Coughlin.
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Massachusetts Legislature nears end of session with approval of health care overhaul, jobs bill

Aug 1 2012

By Dan Ring, The Republican

Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the legislation will put a lot of pressure on hospitals and insurers to lower costs. "On balance, it's a good bill," Widmer said. "It sets a very demanding target for the growth of health care costs."
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Legislation Seeks To Trim Health Costs In Mass.

Jul 31 2012

By Martha Bebinger, WBUR

Michael Widmer, with the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, says he thinks the health care industry will embrace the bill’s spending goals, even though they are what he considers aggressive. “But on the other hand the legislation does not include triggers or punishments if the targets aren’t met,” he said.
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Ambitious Health Cost Control Bill Expected To Win Approval Today

Jul 31 2012

By Rachel Zimmerman, WBUR CommonHealth

Mike Widmer with the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation says he thinks the health care industry will embrace the bill’s spending goals, even though they are what he considers aggressive.
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Editorial: Power of big-name hospitals calls for a scalpel, not an ax

Jul 28 2012

The Boston Globe

For starters, its vague language would largely let the new institute decide both what would trigger its own review — and which price, market-share, and medical-spending thresholds would mean a referral to the attorney general. “The language is so broad,” worries Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, “that it will invite a constant stream of arbitrary and counterproductive investigations.”
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Mass. Gov.’s 11th-Hour Proposal On Reining In High-Priced Hospitals

Jul 26 2012

By Martha Bebinger, WBUR CommonHealth

Some of the high-cost hospitals are lobbying against the governor’s compromise, and Mike Widmer with the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation says “the open-ended nature of the governor’s proposal is just ripe for misuse and abuse.”
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