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Janet Trautwein, CEO of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU), issued the following statement recently on the passage of the health care bill:

 "The high cost of health care is the primary problem with our current health care system and unfortunately the 'Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act' (H.R. 3590) does little to truly rein in these costs. 

Health care costs are rising at an unsustainable rate, and if we don't get these costs under control, we will no longer be able to deliver the top-notch medical care that most Americans enjoy today. 

H.R. 3590 also contains an unworkable individual mandate which will encourage people to wait until they are sick to purchase coverage, causing premiums to skyrocket significantly for everyone. 

Tens of billions of dollars in new insurer fees and taxes, expansion of Medicaid, tight limits on age rating and high minimum benefit levels will make private health insurance unaffordable for the hundreds of millions of Americans who are currently insured. 

Instead of alleviating the financial difficulties caused by the current economic situation, the legislation will continue to exacerbate the problem by driving up private health insurance costs significantly for millions of American families and businesses and disrupt the quality coverage on which millions of Americans rely.

We have long advocated for members of Congress to work together in a bipartisan fashion to develop an affordable and responsible means of achieving the needed reforms to our nation's health care delivery system, and unfortunately this was not the case."

These are ominous words, but there is still an opportunity for you to effect change that will improve our health care system. So, as we approach our mid-term election cycle, it is incumbent on every individual and business owner to make your voices heard on this issue when you go to your ballot box to vote.

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