- Associated Press - Thursday, September 4, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — A liberal-leaning think tank is unveiling a health care cost-control plan that borrows some Republican ideas.

It’s from the Center for American Progress, which is closely associated with the White House. And it calls for empowering the states.

Several former Obama and Clinton advisers have signed on to the plan, being released Thursday.

Individual states would set their own targets to curb the growth of health care spending. If they succeed, they’d pocket a share of federal Medicare and Medicaid savings, ranging from tens of millions to $1 billion or more.

Called “Accountable Care States,” the new option would be voluntary for states, reflecting Republican preferences.

To address Democratic concerns, states would have to maintain insurance coverage levels and enforce consumer quality standards.

Supporters are taking the idea to Congress.

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