Ed Sealover, Denver Business Journal

At a Colorado Consumer Health Initiative luncheon Thursday, a bipartisan panel of state legislators agreed on the need to increase transparency around health care costs.

Greater transparency would help consumers understand what they are paying to hospitals, physicians and drug companies and, in turn, to try to bend the upward cost curve of care, the lawmakers concurred.

But just three hours later, Republicans and Democrats on the House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee worked together to kill a bill aimed directly at that goal.

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