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A handshake that made healthcare history

Boston Globe, December 28, 2008

Partners HealthCare made a quiet deal with Blue Cross in 2000 to increase insurance costs across Massachusetts. The deal, which until now had not been made public, marked the beginning of a period of rapid escalation in insurance prices. Individual insurance premiums have risen 8.9% a year since 2000, more than twice the annual rise in the late 1990s.