The Massachusetts healthcare laws are leading the nation and continuing our history of innovation.
The experiment with healthcare cost containment linked to state economic growth is a worthy effort, but obviously it is too soon to say whether it will "prevent rapid increases in costs."
Other initiatives, like the effort to provide incentives for citizens to obtain services at lower cost regional and local hospitals, are important. There is a wide disparity in the prices being charged for the same service, so we must find a way to establish limits that drive costs down.
Global payment models are also worthy of evaluation and testing - but it remains important to ensure that they do not discourage providers from giving necessary care in order to reduce costs.
Again, Massachusetts is a leader in innovation in this area, and we must stay on this course.