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Mass. Senate Leader Sees Action On Health Costs

Senate President Therese Murray says the Senate will take the lead in passing a health care cost containment bill.

Murray told members of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Thursday that Massachusetts cannot sustain the current health care model because it's too costly. But she also noted that the health care industry is the state's number one employer and lawmakers must be careful not to push through changes that would hurt the economy.

Gov. Deval Patrick is welcoming Murray's pledge, since House leaders have indicated a payment reform bill might not be voted on until next year. The governor says he hopes a bill could be on his desk by the fall.

The measure aims to lower insurance premiums by reforming the traditional fee-for-service model in health care.

This program aired on April 7, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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