Premiums for employer-provided health insurance increased by relatively modest amounts for the second year in a row, according to a new survey, further evidence that once-fierce health care inflation might be abating.
... “We are in a prolonged period of moderation in premiums, which should create some breathing room for the private sector to try to reduce costs without cutting back benefits for workers,” Drew Altman, president of the nonprofit foundation, said in a statement.
I don't actually know how much of this you can credit to ObamaCare, most of which doesn't fully kick in until 2014. But obviously, Republican warnings of health care armageddon have yet to materialize.
FYI, one of the reasons I came to The Stranger was that I could no longer afford to buy adequate coverage on the individual market after years of double-digit premium inflation combined with ever more stingy benefits. And that economically dysfunctional shift of costs to the individual market is one thing that ObamaCare will clearly fix.