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Roberts wants health care hearings on insurance hikes

RobertsKansas Sen. Pat Roberts, who voted against the heath care reform bill, wants Congress to hold hearings on potential rising insurance costs.

Roberts, a Republican member of the Senate Finance Committee, and GOP col-league Chuck Grassley of Iowa, its ranking member, have requested hearings before the next Senate recess on how "Obamacare" has affected health insurance premiums.

They cited a recent Wall Street Journal story, which reported that some insurance companies intend to raise rates next year because of the new health care law. The Obama administration, including Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, a former Kansas governor, has said the increases would be lower.