Is the Future of U.S. Health Care Happening in Massachusetts (Again)?

Is the Future of U.S. Health Care Happening in Massachusetts (Again)? In an interview with Forbes, Massachusetts Senate Majority Whip Harriette L. Chandler is quick to point out that the Health Care Reform Act of 2006 laid the groundwork for the Affordable Care Act — but stopped just short of saying that the recently passed Health Care Cost Control Bill will follow suit in setting the nationwide standard. [Forbes]

Scott Brown, Elizabeth Warren Support Not Taxing Olympic Prizes. When we see our Olympians on the podium with a chunk of metal hanging around their necks, we don’t really think about how the IRS is back home, waiting for them to pay up. But the Herald, apparently, is. Brown, Warren, and other politicians are supporting a measure that would grant a tax exemption to the honorariums for Olympic golds ($25,000), silvers ($15,000), and bronzes ($10,000). But Mike Eruzione, a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, says that’s the last thing on Olympians’ minds. “Maybe it’s a politician trying to get publicity,” Eruzione told the Herald. “You try to keep politics out of the Olympic Games. Is it somebody trying to get some recognition?” [Herald]

Man Bitten by Shark Says Obvious Thing About Being Bitten by Shark. “I’m very lucky that I managed to get back to shore,” says Chris Myers, of Denver, Colo. But then again, what else really is there to say? []

London Olympics: Kayla Harrison Wins Gold. Judo athlete Harrison, of Marblehead, overcame sexual abuse at the hands of a former coach to win the sport’s top honor. Harrison took the gold on Thursday afternoon in the 78-kilogram division and says she hopes her win will help judo gain more recognition in the U.S. [Globe]

A Round-up of Boston-Area Execs Participating in the Pan-Mass Challenge. Impressively, their fundraising goals range from thousands of dollars to more than $1 million. [Boston Business Journal]