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Premera CEO: health insurance premiums likely to skyrocket in new law


If you think the cost of health insurance is going to go down under health care reform, think again, says Jeff Roe, CEO of Washington state’s largest individual-insurance health plan. Many purchasers of individual insurance plans may see premiums rise 50 to 70 percent.

It was a statement that hushed the room at a health care policy conference recently, sponsored by the Washington Policy Center. The policies that drive those numbers are no secret. They are embedded in the Affordable Care Act, which has been the law of the land since 2010. But with the Supreme Court’s decision in June to uphold the law it has become clear that health care reform is coming. “This is massively bigger th...

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