Soaring Premiums Show Need for Health Care Reform


Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, has written an opinion piece in the Atlanta Journal Constitution in which she says the recent proposed rate increase by Wellpoint and Blue Cross is evidence that fast reform is needed in this country’s health care system. Here are excerpts from the article:

Earlier this month, families opened their mail to another stark reminder of why we need to reform our broken health insurance system.

In California, beneficiaries of an insurance company owned by WellPoint called Anthem Blue Cross received letters announcing that their premiums would rise as much as 39 percent, meaning a family paying $1,193 a month will now owe $5,580 more on its annual bill.

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