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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.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/mcclatchy/3311963

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 9:51 PM on Sep. 15, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • You can thank lack of tort reform, fraudulent claims, and malpractice insurance rates for the massive increase in costs over what subscribers get in return. This would be a major piece of Health Insurance REFORM, that I would like to see addressed--could probably even be detailed in less than 25 pages! LOL
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 10:16 PM on Sep. 15, 2009

  • Thanks the MILLIONS of ILLEGALS from Mexico who overtax our healthcare system! They go to the ER and NEVER pay a dime! OUR rates go up to cover Them! They dont even pay taxes, but YOUR taxes and health care premiums help pay so they can have ER medical care
    vbruno

    Answer by vbruno at 10:45 PM on Sep. 15, 2009

  • BRAVO TO VBRUNO AND LORIKEET....BRAVO!!!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:44 PM on Sep. 15, 2009

  • I liked the beginnings of the bu partisan plan you posted last night. I'd like them to do the reform slowly, a piece at a time so that any ill effects can be minimized.
    lovinangels

    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.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:04 AM on Sep. 16, 2009

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