Today we're launching a new feature on the blog. "What We're Reading" is a simple idea - beyond keeping you up to date on the major news of the week (oil spills! and filibusters! and elections! oh my!), we want to share with you some of the more in-depth, analytical pieces we read that are relevant to workers' lives. And - this part is just as important - we want to hear what you're reading! If you come across an article or writer you think workers should know about, send us in an email with "What We're Reading" in the subject line at email@example.com.
So, to get us started, here's a New York Times editorial on why we need a national law to block unjustified insurance premium increases for people who buy individual health plans. The teaching moment in this article comes from California, where "Anthem outraged its enrollees and much of the public in February with a plan to raise premiums for individuals by an average of 25 percent."