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Brill: Health law won't bring prices down for patients

The Washington Post / Kaiser Health News, June 19, 2013

At a Capitol Hill hearing Tuesday, journalist Steven Brill, who examined the issue of the high cost of health care in a much quoted March 2013 Time magazine article, told Senate Finance Committee members that President Barack Obama's health care law will do very little to lower prices for consumers. Joined by a panel of health policy experts at the hearing to explore ways to make health pricing more transparent, Brill said that while he views efforts to disseminate prices for health services to consumers favorably, he believes that increasing transparency has its limits. "[Transparency] starts the conversation about prices that we didn't have in the debate over Obamacare. It's only a start," Brill said.