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The latest salvo in the growing debate over Obamacare’s impact on premiums has been launched — this time by no less an authority than one of the architects of both the president’s and Mitt Romney’s health care reform plans.

In a new brief published by The Commonwealth Fund, MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber took a closer look at premium increases before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was enacted. Crunching numbers from the National Opinion Research Center, Gruber shows years of double-digit premium increases before health care reform was even a bill, let alone the law of the land.

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