Former allies on Mass. health reform split on cost controls

If Massachusetts is any guide, finding agreement on how to provide health insurance to more people could be far easier than consensus on how to make it affordable, according to The Boston Globe.

Reporter Chelsea Conaboy details disagreements among business and consumer groups that previously came together to support the state’s 2006 health reform law, which expanded insurance coverage in the Bay State.

Now state lawmakers are working on ways to contain health care costs, and those alliances — within both the business and consumer communities — have fractured.

“We’re talking about revenues in the health care system,” Richard C. Lord, president of Associated Industries of Massachusetts, which represents about 6,000 businesses, told Conaboy. “Every dollar in the system is somebody’s income stream. So, every dollar has an interest group that represents it.”

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