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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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Employees Share In Savings As Municipal Health Law Backers Claim Success

Jul 12 2012

State House News Service / Worcester Business Journal

According to those groups, 77 municipalities have used the law to negotiate $78 million in savings and at least 50 more communities used traditional collective bargaining, with the new law providing additional leverage, to save about $100 million.
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Curbing health care costs may cost state $40 million a year

Jul 7 2012

By Liz Kowalczyk, The Boston Globe

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, agreed that an invest­ment is necessary and said $2o million to $40 million is reasonable.’ But given the broad powers of the new agency the House wants to create, he believes the cost will end up ­being higher.
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Health Care Ruling Threatens Romney’s ‘No Tax’ Record In Mass.

Jul 6 2012

AP / WBUR

The business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said Romney and the Democratic-run Legislature raised about $350 million annually in additional fees during Romney’s first two fiscal years as governor.
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Massachusetts health law is working, but costs spiral

Jul 5 2012

By Steve LeBlanc, AP / Detroit News

And 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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Obamacare: How is Massachusetts doing under Romney version of federal health reform?

Jul 2 2012

By Kevin Loria, The Christian Science Monitor

Costs to the state are also within original estimates, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, contrary to claims by former Sen. Rick Santorum (R) of Pennsylvania that health-care reform was “bankrupting Massachusetts.”
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