Average Affordable Care premiums going up in 2015

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2014 file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Obama administration officials are acknowledging that HealthCare.gov premiums, on average, will go up next year. But the same officials say most current customers can still save money if they are willing to shop around a competitive marketplace. In a report released Thursday, the Health and Human Services Department says premiums for the most popular type of plan will go up an average of 5 percent in 35 states where the federal government is running the health insurance exchanges. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Many people covered under President Barack Obama’s health care law will face higher premiums next year, the administration acknowledged Thursday. While the average increases are modest, it’s more fodder for the nation’s political battles over health care.

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