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By Sara Wu

What does Premera mean?

Letter to the Editor


To the Editor:

I am concerned about the Aug. 1 Sentinel article titled “Premera CEO: health insurance premiums likely to skyrocket in new law.” I found not enough information and too much scare-mongering in the article.

Apparently, the Premera CEO gives no explanation of how his “analysis of his own company’s book of business” (the only source cited) will cause insurance rates to “skyrocket.”

He did not describe the assumptions and logic such a projection was based on, or it was not reported.

Is he not willing to face the “competition of insurance exchanges” to bring costs down with better management? Instead, is he just stating that the rates will rise (might there be...

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