Gubernatorial candidates react to Coakley’s deal with Partners

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Alan Sager, School of Public Health

Attorney General Martha Coakley made an important political decision this week: She will not go to war with the state’s largest health care company and its largest private employer while running for governor. Rather than filing a lawsuit to stop Partners HealthCare System from taking over South Shore Hospital, she opted to allow the merger while imposing a range of price controls and limits on the firm’s vaunted bargaining power…

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“There’s no political gumption anywhere in the state to take concrete actions that would slow cost increases.”

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