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Opinion: Downward pressure on healthcare costs

The Tennessean, May 13, 2013
Since the long, painful debate over health care reform began a few years ago, Americans have tended to split into camps for or against the 2010 Affordable Care Act and a larger role for government. But if there was one thing that most could agree upon, it was the frustration over the cost of medical procedures. Whether the law ultimately will make care as affordable as we'd like is uncertain, but one very positive step was undertaken last week under the act ("Obamacare"), which requires individual hospitals to disclose how much they charge for procedures.