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“Give Mas­sachusetts credit for set­ting au­da­cious health­care goals. It took the lead in guar­an­tee­ing near-univer­sal health in­sur­ance cov­er­age for its res­i­dents ... Now a bill passed by the Leg­is­la­ture … aims to tackle the much harder prob­lem of con­trol­ling health­care costs. Mas­sachusetts will be the first state to try to cap over­all health­care spend­ing. … Some crit­ics worry that the state will not have the per­son­nel and re­sources to do an ef­fec­tive job of en­forc­ing (the law’s) pro­vi­sions. Oth­ers warn that the bill could im­pose bur­den­some reg­u­la­tions on health­care providers and dam­age a corner­stone of the state’s econ­omy. … Don’t count Mas­sachusetts out. ... What hap­pens there on cost con­trol will of­fer valu­able lessons for the rest of the coun­try.”

—New York Times “Oba­macare’s il­lu­sions are start­ing to fall like au­tumn leaves, even among some lib­er­als, and what they’re dis­cov­er­ing are things that have hap­pened over and over again in Mas­sachusetts. Bea­con Hill ‘re­formed’ health­care four years be­fore Capi­tol Hill, and ever since it has re­li­ably pre­dicted the na­tional trend—on surg­ing costs, price con­trols, physi­cian short­ages and so much else. So Bos­ton’s lat­est ad­ven­ture de­serves par­tic­u­lar scru­tiny, since odds are its meth­ods are com­ing soon to a hospi­tal near you.”

—Wall Street Jour­nal

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