The Week in a Minute, Sept. 30, 2011

I spend less time on health insurance issues these days, but:

  • Both Obama and his political foes want the Supreme Court to rule on Obamacare’s constitutionality next year, so it probably will.
  • Employer-based health care costs rose 9% this year. The New York Times reports a family of four will pay $15,000 this year, according the the Kaiser Family Foundation report.

Elsewhere in Insurance Land:

  • Workers comp frequency rose 3% last year, the first increase since 1997. My take is here.
  • Nationwide Insurance buys Harleysville Insurance.
  • U.S. insurers are starting to report the extent of their Q3 cat losses. The tab so far: $1.3B before taxes, from reports by Allstate and Chubb. Separately, State Farm reports that it has paid more than $5B in cat losses in all of 2011.

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