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Health reform with a mandate: the Massachusetts story

Jun 19 2012

By Sara Kliff, The Washington Post

Not all of that, however, has to do with the state’s health care law: a report this year from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation found that, in 2011, the law was responsible for an increase of just over 1 percent in state spending.
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Our view: New health plan a good deal for Peabody taxpayers

Jun 14 2012

The Salem News

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which spearheaded the effort to give municipalities more leverage in their efforts to reduce health insurance costs, reported last month, "Implementation of the 2011 municipal health reform law is vastly surpassing expectations, as 102 Massachusetts communities have negotiated agreements with employees that will generate $117 million in first-year savings. ... The original first-year savings estimate of $100 million statewide will be dwarfed as more communities implement changes throughout 2012."

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Golden: Thunder in the middle

Jun 10 2012

By Peter Golden, The MetroWest Daily News

Two weeks ago, the independent Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a trusted watchdog of state finances, reported 102 (of the roughly 350 in the state) municipalities had negotiated health insurance agreements with their employees that will save upwards of $100 million in the first year alone. Along similar lines, 141 municipalities and school districts had implemented changes in the collective bargaining process that will lead to even greater savings. Translation: Public employees will be absorbing more of their health care costs.



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Moore: Making Health Care Affordable

Jun 9 2012

By Richard Moore, The MetroWest Daily News

Health care is such a major part of our economy, a miscalculation could seriously set back the Commonwealth’s economic recovery — a recovery that is unsteady and that could easily be undercut by the current instability with our trading partners in Europe or by Draconian budgeting in Washington. Certainly, the highly regarded Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation shares this need for caution.



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House approves health care cost containment bill

Jun 6 2012

By Matt Murphy, Statehouse News Service

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer last week called the House bill "seriously flawed." Noting that price caps and rate regulation "that have a long record of failure" and will place new costs on the system, Widmer said, "The House bill is a setback for health care consumers, the health care industry, and the future of the Massachusetts economy."

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Patrick: 'Whatever it takes' to give AG role in healthcare market

Jun 4 2012

By Andy Metzger and Matt Murphy, Statehouse News Service

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer last week called the House bill "seriously flawed.” Citing price caps and rate regulation "that have a long record of failure" and will place new costs on the system, Widmer said, "The House bill is a setback for health care consumers, the health care industry, and the future of the Massachusetts economy.”

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COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: Health care system works

Jun 2 2012

By Ned Lord, Green Valley News & Sun

Mitt Romney signed the Massachusetts “RomneyCare” health care law into effect five years ago. The law is not exactly the same as ObamaCare but it does have many similarities. The fiscally conservative, nonpartisan, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation agrees with the Romney plan and called it “a well thought-out piece of legislation.”

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The perils of health care price controls

May 31 2012

By Steven Syre, The Boston Globe

“The market is driving dramatic change,” Widmer says. “What I’ve been warning against is a heavily prescriptive approach to health cost control, which would undercut the progress that has been made.”

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House revises health care bill; plan cuts growth in spending

May 31 2012

By Liz Kowalczyk, The Boston Globe

But Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, criticized the spending benchmark and said the revised bill still gives the new authority too much power to interfere with finances of providers and insurers.

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Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation: Health reform savings top $100 million

May 30 2012

Medford Transcript

Implementation of the 2011 municipal health reform law is vastly surpassing expectations as 102 Massachusetts communities have negotiated agreements with employees that will generate $117 million in first year savings, according to a new analysis released by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.

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