Editorial: Health insurance rate hikes need context, action

Monday, June 8, 2015

The MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE says: Opponents of the Affordable Care Act were quick to jump on the news last week that some health insurers in Minnesota and elsewhere have requested hefty premium hikes in 2016 for consumers in the individual market - the small group of people who don't get their coverage through employers or government programs such as Medicare. These requested rates often are reduced during the review process. Nevertheless, consumers have good reason to be frustrated. Health insurance already is an expensive necessity, one that many families struggle to afford. But those pointing to the proposed rate hikes as evidence that the law is fatally flawed haven't done their homework.