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Report predicts big changes in Ohio health costs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A report prepared for the state says some Ohio health insurance premiums could go up as much as 150 percent while others could fall 40 percent in 2014 when much of the national health care overhaul takes effect.

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, who also heads the state insurance department, says the findings from consulting firm Milliman Inc. are "alarming." The Republican said in a news release Tuesday that what she calls "Obamacare" will have widespread and expensive impacts.

Taylor is Ohio's point person on implementing the new health care law, and its advocates complain that her statement was overly partisan. Cathy Levine of the group Ohio Consumers for Health Coverage told The Columbus Dispatch consumers can have no expectation that Taylor is working for them.

A statement released from the Lt. Governor insists that rather than a “government-knows-best set of mandates” consumers and the marketplace should determine the right approach to healthcare reform.

See the full report here. http://www.ohioexchange.ohio.gov/Documents/MillimanReport.pdf