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Gov. Patrick Urges Changes In Health Care

BOSTON — It’s a big problem, it’s complicated and we have to solve it now. That’s the message Gov. Deval Patrick wanted to impart at a State House hearing on one of his top priorities: getting control of rising health care costs.

“I know that the members understand and share this sense of urgency and I thank you all for that,” Patrick said at the hearing. “The challenge before us is big but we cannot be defeated by that. We’ve solved problems like this before and we can do it again.”

Lawmakers heard from the governor, his top lieutenants and a wide variety of doctors, employers, hospital leaders and consumers Monday.

All of them, WBUR’s Martha Bebinger told All Thing’s Considered’s Sacha Pfeiffer, were debating the strengths and weaknesses of Patrick’s plan.

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