Proposed Measure Putting State In Control Of Certain Health Prices Sets Stage For Lobbying Brawl
The measure, which will be unveiled at a news conference Monday, would establish a commission that would set rates for health care services based off what the government pays for such services under Medicare. It's likely to draw fierce opposition, though.
Los Angeles Times:
An Ambitious California Bill Would Put The State In Charge Of Controlling Prices In The Commercial Healthcare Market
In one of the most aggressive efforts in the nation to curb soaring healthcare spending, a new California measure would put the state in charge of setting prices for hospital stays, doctor's visits and most other medical services covered by commercial insurers. The bill, backed by labor unions and consumer groups, is certain to rouse fierce opposition from physicians and hospitals, setting the stage for a brawl between some of the Capitol's top lobbying heavyweights. Proponents also face friction on the left from advocates of single-payer healthcare, who espouse an alternate vision of how to overhaul the state's healthcare. (Mason, 4/9)