Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Health insurance reality check

From the latest Harper's Index:

Percentage change since 2002 in average premiums paid to large U.S. health-insurance companies: +87

Percentage change in the profits of the top ten insurance companies: +428

Chances that an American bankrupted by medical bills has health insurance: 7 in 10

Portion of its membership that Washington State's subsidized health plan intends to lose this year: 1/3

Average percentage by which it is raising premiums in order to do so: 70

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