Boston Globe columnist Scott Lehigh writes:
'Exasperated with spiking small business health care costs, Governor Patrick has declared his determination to regulate health insurance rates — and rejected most proposed premium increases. In reaction, the health insurance carriers have gone to court to battle the governor, and several have balked at enrolling new customers.
Everyone is awaiting the next big political development. And here it is: Senate President Therese Murray will step into the breach when she speaks to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Wednesday, unveiling a proposal she hopes will resolve the great health care standoff.
“It is an alternative to get through the chaos we are in and to try to bring costs down for small business while we work on — and I mean work on and produce — a long-term solution,’’ Murray told me. Although she declined to discuss the details, Murray’s clear aim is to give stakeholders alarmed by Patrick’s approach something to rally around.
“The governor gave them a shot across the bow, and I don’t think that’s a bad thing, but it has become very chaotic,’’ she said. Certainly anxiety runs deep about the high-stakes confrontation.'