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Opinion

JOAN VENNOCHI

Partners deal has Coakley choosing between governor’s run, AG’s role

As she campaigns for governor, Attorney General Martha Coakley says she wants to be a voice for the people. But when it comes to the deal she struck with Partners Healthcare, so far the voices she’s most interested in hearing belong to the powerful players behind Partners.

In May, she announced a tentative pact with the health care behemoth that allows it to acquire South Shore Hospital and three more hospitals down the road — Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, and Emerson Hospital in Concord. She contends this deal will cap prices, physician network growth, and future hospital expansion.

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