Most Oregonians who buy their own health insurance policies may pay significantly higher monthly premiums next year. The highest proposed average increase in premiums is 32 percent and the lowest was just over 14 percent.

Many state employees face a similar problem with increasing costs of health care. But their rate increases are held to a cap of 3.4 percent. It takes a vote of the state Legislature to increase the premiums beyond the cap.

Who does the Legislature care about more? Could it have something to do with money raised for political campaigns by state employee unions?