AG Maura Healey has stepped up to the plate on the Partners’s merger with SSH and Hallmark Health. She has told Judge Sanders that this is a bad deal for the citizens of the Commonwealth. Further if the Judge agrees she will go after Partners to stop any further expansion and bring their payments in line with equivalent hospitals. This is a breath of fresh air from our new Attorney General. She seems to have an understanding of the issue Martha Coakley lacked. Instead of getting the best arrangement you can, it is time to do the right thing for the people of Massachusetts when it comes to healthcare.
If this deal goes through it will add to hospital costs unnecessarily, raising premiums higher for health insurance. Besides SSH has the resources to clean up their own act. They do not need to take the easy way out by latching onto deeper pockets. Each hospital if they serve a decent catchment area should be capable of meeting a doable budget.
Three cheers for our new “people’s lawyer”.
Of course if Judge Sanders says no deal, what’s next?