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Frustration grows in health care industry over costs

A group of 20 dollar bills and a five dollar bill
A group of 20 dollar bills and a five dollar bill stacked together. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The next big battle in health care will almost certainly be about costs, and right now it’s largely confined to industry infighting and finger-pointing. But mounting frustration from employers and employees could put cost controls on the table faster than you might think.

The big picture: Frustration over health care costs is one thing. But the greater threat to the health care industry is one that’s just starting to percolate — concern that we’ve already maxed out the existing tools to control those costs.