Health-Care Costs Spike Again

    SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 22:  Supporters of single payer health care hold signs as they protest outside of the Anthem Blue Cross offices September 22, 2009 in San Francisco, California. Protesters against the insurance industry are holding rallies across the country as part of a national day of action to reform health care.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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    Supreme Court justices, take a gander at this. The average health-care costs for a family of four will top $20,000 in 2012, according to an independent research group—a 7 percent increase from 2011. It’s the fifth year in a row that health-care costs have increased between 7 percent and 8 percent, part of an overall health-care cost increase that has seen these expenses double since 2002, when the average family of four only paid $9,235. Employers still shoulder the burden of health-care costs, but employees have been paying a larger portion of these costs every year, analysts said.

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