I thought this story out of Boston was pretty striking: A state house leader putting a number on what the average provider price increase should be. It is impossible to imagine an Oregon politician (much less one in a leadership position) making such a statement today. Heck, I can't even see a mainstream reform advocate saying that out loud. And yeah, prices matter.
It shows that while Oregon in some ways is ahead of the game in promoting health care reform it still has a long, long way to go.