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Costs soar for Massachusetts healthcare law

AP/Yahoo News, April 14, 2008
Costs are soaring surrounding Massachusetts' healthcare law and lawmakers are weighing a dollar-a-pack hike in the state's cigarette tax to help pay for a enrollment in the law's subsidized insurance plans. In the two years since former Gov. Mitt Romney signed the law, the number of insured residents has soared by nearly 350,000. No other state has launched as comprehensive a plan. California attempted their own healthcare expansion, but the program failed to get out of a key Senate committee.