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Survey data undercut Anthem’s argument for rate increase

Anthem Blue Cross has claimed that one reason behind its big proposed rate increase is the bad economy, which, the company says, is leading healthy people to give up their coverage while the sick remain in the insurance pool. That would mean there are fewer people to spread the risk, forcing those who remain to pay more for their coverage. But an analysis by Jonathan Kolstad and Neeraj Sood at Health Affairs suggests that there has been no change in the health status of people who buy insurance on their own.