Anthem Blue Cross Rate Hikes Galvanize Healthcare Reform

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Anthem Blue Cross of Woodland Hills provides health insurance for 800,000 Californians who aren’t covered by their employers. In early November, the company notified regulators in Sacramento that it was raising rates. The average increase was 25%--with some policy holders hit for 39%, but Anthem didn’t expect a big reaction.  Then, the Obama White House got the news.

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Guests:
Mark Barabak - Los Angeles Times - @markzbarabak, Patrick Johnston - California Association of Health Plans - @calhealthplans, Jerry Flanagan - Consumer Watchdog - @jerryflanagan

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Frances Anderton, Christian Bordal, Karen Radziner