Expert: Transparency, savvy patients, competition key in tackling health care prices

This is a picture of Zack Cooper

Zack Cooper recently co-authored a high-profile paper linking higher hospital prices to market power. He advocates for strong antitrust enforcement when it comes to health care consolidation. But when his father was very sick, Cooper told state policymakers, he wanted him to go to a large medical center that treated a high volume of patients with the same condition. "There's this tension," he said. Continue Reading →

Business leaders push to intensify control of state spending

Paul Timpanelli, president and CEO of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council, comments on the governor's proposed budget Tuesday. Behind him are Tony Sheridan, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, left, and Larry McHugh, president of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce.

Connecticut’s business leaders had high praise Tuesday for the deep spending cuts and absence of tax hikes in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s new budget. But they also warned that without an even harder, bipartisan push to control spending, businesses will remain reluctant to grow — or to support the tolls and gasoline tax hikes recommended to finance transportation improvements. Continue Reading →

Malloy’s vision for Connecticut shifts dramatically in new budget

Gov. Dannel Malloy delivering his 2016 budget address.

Had state government slashed its way out of a deficit five years ago, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy often has said, Connecticut’s quality of life would be unrecognizable. But the Democratic governor now is urging spending cuts over the next two years that key Democratic lawmakers argue could have an impact similar to cuts Republicans sought – and Malloy decried – in 2011. Continue Reading →