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Commonwealth proposals include national health spending target
Modern Healthcare

Health policy experts with the Commonwealth Fund urged Congress to set a national target for health spending not to exceed per capita growth of the gross domestic product as part of a plan to improve U.S. healthcare quality and reduce health spending. The spending target borrows a page from an aggressive law that Massachusetts enacted last year to rein in healthcare costs, viewed as a second stage to its 2006 law that expanded access to health insurance. And Commonwealth’s proposal comes as the president and Congress are poised for a far-reaching debate over the costs of federal healthcare programs and their role in the rising national debt.