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From the LA Times, April 13, 2010. 

 "Public outrage over double-digit rate hikes for health insurance may have helped push President Obama's healthcare overhaul across the finish line, but the new law does not give regulators the power to block similar increases in the future. ... 

At least in the short term, regulators will be able to do little more than require insurers to publicly explain why they want to raise rates. 

Consumer advocates think that will not be an effective deterrent against premium increases such as the 39% hike that Anthem Blue Cross sent some California customers last year." 

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