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Healthcare reform prelude: double-digit increases in premiums?
Los Angeles Times - Jon Healey

If WellPoint’s Anthem BlueCross is trying to make the case for an individual mandate to buy health insurance, it certainly picked a lousy way to go about it. The insurer plans to raise premiums by up to 39% this year, prompting a flurry of complaints from customers, insurance brokers and regulators. Two top Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee joined the scrum Tuesday, demanding that WellPoint explain all the rate hikes its subsidiaries have imposed since Jan. 1, 2009 — just before Congress started work on healthcare reform legislation.