Proponents of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act can say the law is controlling health insurance costs all they want. But it seems employers do not agree.

Nearly all employers — nine in 10 — say they're facing increases in the premiums they pay for employee health plans, with nearly 25 percent of employers seeing rate increases in the double digits, according to new research out Thursday by Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Though other reports have similarly found increasing costs, the new survey by the brokerage powerhouse is substantial, with analysis from more than 3,000 U.S. employers. The firm's annual "Benefits Strategy & Benchmarking Survey" surveyed employers from dozens of industries across the country.

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