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Insurers have few options on rates
Sacramento Bee

Over the last few weeks, Californians have read accounts about how Anthem Blue Cross, the state’s largest medical insurer, is raising health insurance premiums for Californians in the individual market. This was quickly followed by politicians trying to blame insurer profits for the woes of our health care system.

While criticizing insurers for raising rates makes a convenient story line for pundits and lawmakers eager to boil down the complexities of health care into media sound bites, it does very little to illuminate the real culprits in rising health care costs.