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“In­sur­ance pre­mi­ums have spiked this year, rais­ing fresh con­cerns about the costs of health­care in an un­cer­tain econ­omy. Ac­cord­ing to a study by the Kaiser Fam­ily Foun­da­tion, the an­nual premium for fam­ily cov­er­age through an em­ployer reached $15,073, a rise of 9% … The in­sur­ance com­pa­nies, ex­pect­ing a more ro­bust eco­nomic re­cov­ery that would in­crease de­mand for health­care, im­posed higher rates. … In­sur­ers were also try­ing to avoid new rules in the health­care re­form law that would re­quire them in 2012 to jus­tify any in­crease of more than 10%. ... Drew Alt­man, the foun­da­tion’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, also blamed ris­ing health costs for most of it.”

—North­ern vir­ginia daily, Stras­burg “Un­em­ploy­ment hov­ers above 9%. Home val­ues re­main de­pressed. Small busi­nesses can’t gain trac­tion for growth. Pol­i­tics and life are so un­sure the U.S. credit rat­ing has been down­graded from AAA sta­tus. But against this back­drop, a new re­port in­di­cates that health in­sur­ance rates on the av­er­age fam­ily plan this year in­creased 9%. ... In­sur­ance com­pa­nies blame an in­crease in the cost of care. The news is com­pelling ev­i­dence for why we need health­care re­form.”

—KansasCity (Mo.) Star

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