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Insurers offer to soften a key rate-setting policy

New York Times, March 25, 2009

The health insurance industry announced that it is willing to end the practice of charging higher premiums to sick people if Congress adopted a comprehensive plan requiring all Americans to carry insurance. Insurers remain staunchly opposed to creation of a government-run health insurance plan, but the industry's willingness to change its rate-setting practices could make it easier for Congress to reach a consensus on legislation to overhaul healthcare.