The nation's largest organization of registered nurses is fighting back against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, slamming the law for doing nothing to control skyrocketing health care costs.

National Nurses United, a union representing about 185,000 nurses, says that exorbitant hospital charges have become a major factor in driving up overall health care costs, exaggerating a national health care crisis as "increasing numbers of Americans are priced out of access to needed medical care or pushed into financial ruin or bankruptcy."

New data released by National Nurses United finds that hospital charges jumped 22 percent in 2011 alone.

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