The average cost of job-based family health insurance climbed 5 percent to $13,375 in 2009, making this the 10th straight year that health care premiums have increased faster than workers' wages and overall inflation have.
Insurance costs have increased 131 percent since 1999, when a year of family coverage cost about $5,791 , according to the 2009 Employer Health Benefits Survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust .
That supercharged growth rate far outpaces the 38 percent increase in wages and 28 percent growth of inflation over the same period.
The inability of consumers and employers to finance that growth in cost is helping to drive the heated debate over how to revamp the nation's heath care system.
Answer by LoriKeet at 10:16 PM on Sep. 15, 2009
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Answer by lovinangels at 1:03 AM on Sep. 16, 2009
There are lots of things you could do, open up the borders so people can go to other states to buy health care if they want more competition and not the monopoly that is going on. Put laws in place so the insurance companies can't raise their prices so often and so much. And also what the other ladies have suggested.
Answer by Anonymous at 2:04 AM on Sep. 16, 2009
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