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Obama: NYC Residents To See Big Drop In Health Insurance Premiums

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President Barack Obama on Thursday said New Yorkers are on track for big savings in health insurance costs.

He says the large pool of residents here will reduce health insurance premiums for those who buy insurance on the open market.

He added middle class families may also qualify for tax credits that would bring down their costs.

"Just yesterday state officials in New York announced that average premiums for consumers who buy insurance in their new marketplace will be at least 50 percent lower next year than they are today," said Obama. "What this means is that hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who don't have insurance will finally be able to afford it."

Under the law, insurance companies are required to spend between 80 and 85 percent of premiums on medical care.

If they don't, they have to send out refunds.

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