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Mass. Gov 'Sick Of Excuses' From Health Insurers

Gov. Deval Patrick said he is sick of hearing "excuses" from health insurance companies for why they can't lower premiums, but he's stopping short of directly criticizing not-for-profit insurers that pay their board members.

During his monthly radio appearance on WTKK-FM, the governor was asked Thursday about the announcements from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Tufts Health Plan that they would continue paying the board.

Patrick said he understands why the public feels angry and "victimized" about the issue, but added: "I'm trying to pick my fights."

The governor said his focus is on lowering the cost of health care for consumers. He would not take a position on legislation that would outlaw board compensation for non-profits.

This program aired on March 31, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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