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Week In Review: Health Care (Merger, Politics And Pay)10:42
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Massachusetts' last two governors, in January 2007. On national television, Gov. Deval Patrick praised former Gov. Mitt Romney for the state's 2006 universal health care law. (AP)
Massachusetts' last two governors, in January 2007. On national television, Gov. Deval Patrick praised former Gov. Mitt Romney for the state's 2006 universal health care law. (AP)

Health care played a starring role in this week's news, as our panel considers breakups and makeups in the health care world.

The breakup is Friday's news, as big insurance providers Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care announced they are abandoning talks of a merger.

The apparent makeup this week was between prominent Democrats and Republicans making nice about health care. President Obama and Gov. Deval Patrick both dished out praise to potential Republican presidential hopeful and former Gov. Mitt Romney for the implementation of Massachusetts' "RomneyCare."

And at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, it wasn't so much the breakup with former CEO Cleve Killingsworth that made news, but how it was done: the disclosure that he's receiving more than $11 million in total severance raised eyebrows.

Guests:

  • Renee Loth, columnist for the Boston Globe
  • Julie Megehan, deputy editorial page editor for the Boston Herald

This segment aired on March 4, 2011.

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