CHICAGO -- Health care issuance volume should continue to rise this year despite challenges from the new federal health care law and federal deficit talks as hospitals continue to be attracted to low interest rates and strong investor demand, Wells Fargo Securities director George Huang says in a new report.

Hospitals shelved many new-money projects starting in 2008 to deal with fallout from the Great Recession. But issuance rebounded in 2012, rising to $29.2 billion, up 15% from 2011 and ending a three-year decline, Huang said in a new report “2013 Hospital Bond Volume and Spread Projections.”

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