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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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Most towns poorly prepared to pay for retirement benefits

Jul 1 2012

By David Riley, Michael Morton and Laura Krantz , MetroWest Daily News

Over time, it will take more and more of the budget,” said Michael Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which issued two recent reports criticizing the benefits. “There’s no dodging it.

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How Obama, Romney are spinning court's health-care ruling

Jun 30 2012

By Brad Knickerbocker, Christian Science Monitor

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation – a business-backed fiscal watchdog that has analyzed the state’s health care law for years – agreed, Politico reported. “If one’s a tax, the other’s a tax,” he said.
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ObamaCare Is Constitutional; Get Over It

Jun 29 2012

By Kenneth Rapoza, Forbes

Over the five full fiscal years since the law’s enactment, the state has spent $91 million a year, well within the budgeted expectations. RomneyCare is not a budget buster, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation says.
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5 Quick Facts About Mass. Health Reform You Now Need To Know

Jun 29 2012

By Carey Goldberg, WBUR CommonHealth

The only group that has looked at this question directly is the business-backed state government watchdog, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. They calculate that the Massachusetts law requiring that virtually everyone have health insurance has increased costs to the state budget by about $91 million a year. That means it’s costing an additional 1.4 percent of the state’s $32-billion budget.
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Experts: Romney's mandate is a tax too

Jun 29 2012

By Kyle Cheney, Politico

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation — a business-backed fiscal watchdog that has analyzed the state’s health care law for years — agreed. “If one’s a tax, the other’s a tax,” he said.
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