BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo on Tuesday offered business leaders a preview of sweeping legislation aimed at reining in health care costs.

In a speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, DeLeo said the goal of the House bill — which has not yet been introduced — would be to bring the annual growth in health care expenses more in line with Massachusetts' overall economic growth rate of 3.7 percent.

Health care costs have been rising at an annual rate of between 6.7 percent and 8 percent in recent years, DeLeo said, despite some positive efforts by both insurers and providers to stem the tide.

"Costs are coming down, but we need a long-term sustainable plan," he said. "Health care is a $70 billion industry in Massachusetts, and we need to be more thoughtful in how these dollars are spent."

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