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Editorial: Baker deserves support on plan to help cities cut health costs

Apr 3 2010

The Boston Globe

The Republican team says their proposal would save about $100 million a year, an estimate Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, calls "very reasonable.''
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Mass. agency limits health premium increases

Apr 2 2010

By Glen Johnson, The Daily Caller / AP

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which represents insurers, health care providers and an array of area businesses, termed the action "arbitrary and capricious."
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Health insurance rate hikes rejected

Apr 2 2010

By Kyle Cheney, The Milford Daily News / State House News Service

"It's like throwing a hand grenade into the health insurance marketplace," Widmer said. "It may not have legal basis. It almost certainly will be challenged in court."
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Cahill running mate backs away from health care vote

Apr 1 2010

By Michael Levenson, The Boston Globe

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has said that the law, though it has not held down spiraling premiums, is costing the state less than 1 percent of its budget and has succeeded in extending coverage to about 97 percent of residents.
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Mitt Romney gets it right

Apr 1 2010

By Joan Vennochi, The Boston Globe

A year ago, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation produced a report that is considered the bible on Massachusetts health care costs. In the first four years since the law was enacted, the report concluded that state budget spending on health reform grew from a base of $1.041 billion in fiscal 2006 to a projected $1.748 billion in fiscal 2010. "That is an increase of $707 million, half of which is supported by federal reimbursements. The $353 million state share translates into an average yearly increase of only $88 million,'' the report stated.
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Pension benefit at issue

Apr 1 2010

By Matt Carroll, The Boston Herald

"These abuses are fueling the ire of the public,'' said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and a frequent critic of public pension plans.
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New hack panel would target...old hacks

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Apr 1 2010

By Hillary Chabot, The Boston Herald

"I don't really see the need for this commission, especially in this fiscal climate," said Michael Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Small businesses fret over new health law that mixes promised savings with added costs, fines

Mar 31 2010

By Steve LeBlanc, The Washington Examiner / AP

Michael Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation - which supported the state law - said the requirement for near-universal coverage has been a much bigger issue for local businesses than the fines for not offering insurance. That provision, known as the individual mandate, is costing local businesses between $500 million and $750 million extra annually, he said.

 

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Analysis: N.J. gov looks to Mass. as tax cap model

Mar 28 2010

By AP, NorthJersey.com

"Prop 2 1/2 has served to create a damper on the rate of property taxes," said Michael Widmer, president of business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "But the worst possible time to do this is in the middle of a recession."
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Massachusetts woman beat breast cancer after being forced to sign up for subsidized health care

Mar 28 2010

By David Saltonstall, The New York Daily News

In short, said foundation president Michael Widmer, the plan has worked. "This was one of those rare occasions when the implementation actually measured up to the promise," said Widmer, whose group more often plays the role of government critic.
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