Massachusetts House passes health care cost-control bill

Liz Kowalczyk & Chelsea Conaboy, Boston Globe, June 6, 2012 The Massachusetts House Tuesday night overwhelmingly approved its 278-page plan to curb the soaring cost of medical care. The final vote - 148 to 7 - sets up what could be difficult negotiations between the House and the Senate, which approved its own cost-control legislation last month. The House debated hundreds of amendments but did not make significant changes to its bill, although it did adopt a $20-million tax on hospitals and insurers that would fund prevention and public health programs. ... Massachusetts