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Look to states, not Congress, for radical health care changes

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Employers and consumers alike have been wrestling with skyrocketing health care costs, with no end in sight. And while Congress has talked much about reforming the system, it's been spinning its wheels for years.

The same can't be said for state legislatures, where lawmakers are actively passing laws and debating proposals to make health-insurance coverage more affordable and reduce the number of uninsured.

One catalyst is the labor movement, which plans to make 2006 the year it tries to force large employers to spend more on employee health insurance coverage. The AFL-CIO and other union groups have announced a new initiative, dubbed Fair Share Health Care, to persuade state legislators to pass laws requiring employers to contribute a percentage of their payroll to health insurance.

Maryland's legislature just overrode a veto and passed into a law a requirement that private employers with 10,000 or more employees spend ...(register to read more)

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