It’s not perfect, but new health law is a start

Steven Syre, Boston Globe, August 3, 2012 Now what happens? We finally have a new health care cost-control law this week - after 17 numbing months of talking, lobbying, and debating. The fact that the Legislature passed a 350-page compromise bill just 24 hours after it was hatched - a measure that purports to influence one of the most important cylinders in the state’s economic engine for the next 15 years - should make you shudder. But the outcome wasn’t bad, as far as I can tell. How much it will really help control health care costs remains to be seen - forget the $200 billion of savings and other imaginary figures legislators make up. ... It