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No Health Mandate Means ‘Skyrocketing’ Costs, U.S. Insurers Say
San Francisco Chronicle

Businesses may face “skyrocketing” insurance costs if higher courts affirm a U.S. judge’s decision voiding a health-law mandate that all Americans buy coverage, says a group that represents health plans in Washington.

Eliminating the mandate undercuts insurers’ ability under the law to guarantee coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and to lower costs for those who can’t afford to buy plans, said Robert Zirkelbach, a spokesman for the Washington lobby group, America’s Health Insurance Plans.