State talks to set healthcare reform precedent

Jul 21 2008

By Rebecca Knight, The Financial Times

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-funded budget watchdog group, said the result of these talks could set an important policy example for other states considering healthcare reform.

"The state is asking for a large increase - several billion dollars over the next three years - but the Bush administration is trying to hold down Medicaid spending, and not set precedents for other states," he said. "There is a big question mark over whether the federal government will come close to meeting the state's goal."

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