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What will PPACA really do to coverage prices?

Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa. (File photo)
Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa. (File photo)

A drafter of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) says health insurance industry actuaries are painting a misleading picture of how PPACA will affect the cost of coverage.

Christopher Spiro, a health policy specialist at the Center for American Progress, talked about PPACA rate shock predictions Monday at a PPACA health insurance rate hearing organized by the House Energy & Commerce oversight subcommittee.

In Oregon, for example, the average premium rates the top insurers have filed reflect an increase of 36 percent to 53 percent over current premium rates, Carlson said.

Carlson also defended the actuaries making the rate increase forecasts against allegations of bias.

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