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Obama-docInsurers are their own worst enemy. They just keep shooting themselves in the foot! The latest example is how they’ve handed their foes on health insurance reform fresh ammunition, right after President Obama and his allies were left shooting blanks.

Indeed, just when the health insurance reform movement was dead in the water, the industry itself breathed new life into the effort and provided a painful reminder of why comprehensive changes are needed.

For awhile now, it seemed obvious that reformers in Congress and the White House were spending too much time talking about the problems facing those without coverage, without considering the concerns of those fortunate enough to have health insurance.

So what do health insurers do? They send rates for individual buyers skyrocketing. The poster child in this situation is Wellpoint’s Anthem Blue Cross of California, which announced premium hikes of up to 39 percent.

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