Has Maine found a bipartisan solution to easing health care costs?

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Might we ever see a bipartisan health care bill that addresses costs and receives unanimous legislative support? Although one emanating from Washington seems unlikely anytime soon, an innovative bipartisan health care bill — referred to as Right to Shop — unanimously passed the Maine Legislature in 2017 and merits a closer look.

Americans spend over $3 trillion a year on health care, with out-of-pocket costs to patients topping $353 billion in 2016. Yet the national debate on health care largely fails to tackle health care prices, including those increasingly paid by patients.