Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) issued the following statement in response to a report by the Department of Health and Human Services released today examining recent increases in health insurance premiums across the country. The study, Insurance Companies Prosper, Families Suffer: Our Broken Health Insurance System, reminds us that last year, Anthem of Connecticut attempted to increase premiums by 24%. While that increase was rejected by state regulators, skyrocketing health care costs continue to plague families and businesses across the Fourth District.
"Families and businesses alike are struggling under the weight of unpredictable, skyrocketing health insurance premiums. The system is broken and will only continue to get worse if we don't enact real health care reform that reduces costs. This study is one more indication that America cannot afford to wait any longer to pass health care reform."