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Senate committee unveils sweeping healthcare bill package
Modern Healthcare

The Senate health committee on Thursday released its draft legislation to tackle healthcare costs, with provisions that read like a road map of how hospitals and insurers use contracts to dominate their competitors, consolidate their business and keep patients in the dark.

The proposal marks the healthcare legislative swan song of Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) as head of the Senate health committee. The package aims to clear up some of the system’s opaqueness; mend loopholes exploited by hospitals, insurers and manufacturers; and cut some fat out of the healthcare industry through simple reforms.