They’ve skyrocketed in the past ten years and they’re going nuclear soon:
California officials say 700,000 households face increases averaging 25 percent overall and as high as 39 percent for some.
The HHS report found that those numbers are in line with increases sought by insurers in other states – at a time of robust profit growth for the companies and a lack of competition in most states.
For example, Anthem in Maine was denied an 18.5 percent increase last year and is now requesting that state regulators approve a 23 percent rise. Maine is home to Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, Republican moderates whose support Obama would like to have for his health care legislation.
Michigan’s Blue Cross Blue Shield plan requested approval for premium increases of 56 percent in 2009. And in the state of Washington, rates for some individual health plans increased by up to 40 percent until regulators cracked down.
Other states cited in the report were Connecticut, Oregon and Rhode Island.
I don’t know, do you think it could be the Republican plan to try getting back in office so they can pass essentially the same thing as the Democratic health care reform bill and take the credit? That if they actually had the power they crave so much, they’d be able to look at it and say, “Oh, wait, it’s already completely compromised to please us”? It’s already Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts plan with some cost control seed programs, so if he’s elected it shouldn’t be a big maneuver for him, should it?
Any way you come at it, the plane is diving into the mountain, and Republicans are fighting over how to properly fasten our seat belts. It’s already spooked several Democrats, including Diane Feinstein, into supporting the reconciliation deal with the House and getting reform efforts going.
Of course, watch those expected premium increases come along and then tune into BeckPalinLimbaughbots to hear how it’s all Obama’s fault. They got millions to make off the destruction of the middle class.