U.S. health insurance premiums climbed faster than wages and inflation this year, and look...

U.S. health insurance premiums climbed faster than wages and inflation this year, and look poised to accelerate in 2013. In a new study conducted jointly by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Educational Trust, some employers told researchers that insurers plan to push premiums up another 7% in 2013. This could prove to be an election hot-button issue, as polling data shows soaring healthcare costs rank alongside Medicare as a top campaign issue for voters.

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  • Whitehawk
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    And accelerate they will, fiercely, with all those new added mandates and "free stuff" that some screamed for and many others don't want/need. TINSTAAFL - socialized medicine cost transfers coming your way.
    11 Sep 2012, 06:51 PM Reply Like
  • untrusting investor
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    What year in the last few decades have US health insurance premiums not increased significantly?
    11 Sep 2012, 07:00 PM Reply Like
  • lostalloncoal
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    And many idiot thinks Obamacare will make health insurance nearly free. Anything for votes.
    11 Sep 2012, 07:03 PM Reply Like
  • Hendershott
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    It won't be free and it won't cover a whole lot. And the insurers wil resist paying for anything, as usual. Let's just socialize the mess and get it over with.
    12 Sep 2012, 03:49 PM Reply Like
  • SoldHigh
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    Thanks, Socialist Obama, you fool's fool.
    11 Sep 2012, 08:33 PM Reply Like
  • Hendershott
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    Lets do single payer!
    11 Sep 2012, 09:44 PM Reply Like
  • rambler1
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    We need consumerist involvement with care. Anyone will take what they perceive to be free care if someone else is paying the premiums. I myself have been forced to downgrade my policy. I do what I think I need not having a doctor call me in 4 times a year for blood work & a routine check that costs a fortune. Why isn't the cost of care attacked, and why should it be free for those who can't pay? Not everyone can have Cadillac care. Based on that we're almost all losers in the end. When several weeks or months of life extending therapies that cost a fortune are implemented by doctors or hospitals.
    11 Sep 2012, 10:17 PM Reply Like
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