Massachusetts, "An Act Improving the Quality of Health Care and Reducing Costs through increased Transparency" is a preview of Obamacare and IPAB, of course. And it's just as foolish.
The law will limit the rate of growth of health care spending the annual growth rate of the state's GDP through 2017, the GDP less 50 basis points. In layman's language, you already spend enough on health care, so beginning in 2017 you will spend less of your budget on health care. Of course, if the citizens of Massachusetts want to spend more, too bad.
I'm still waiting to hear from anyone why this is good for patients or health care providers.
Here's the part of the bill about the "health planning council." Since the Russians, the Chinese, the North Koreans and the Cubans have had such great success with five-year plans and central planning councils, it makes perfect sense to me we should have a go at it. (Yes, I did choose those countries deliberately).