Something not to give thanks for

Actors and artists will see health care premiums increase by as much as 254 percent next year, according to this Los Angeles Times story.

“We have a right to raise their rates, and we have the right to raise their rates based on experience,” Cigna’s Gwyn Dilday said. “They are a large group, and their rates are based on the claims experience of the group.”

Regulators said this week that they were looking into the increases, but their hands may be tied. With the exception of the so-called small-group market, health insurers in California are largely free to set premiums as they see fit.

Something we should all watch as the health care debate next year takes shape.

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