If You Like Your Higher Premiums…

I Like Obamacare

“But for us Democrats, Obamacare is a badge of honor.” – HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

Health insurance companies are seeking and winning double-digit increases in premiums for some customers, even though one of the biggest objectives of the Obama administration’s health care law was to stem the rapid rise in insurance costs for consumers.

Particularly vulnerable to the high rates are small businesses and people who do not have employer-provided insurance and must buy it on their own.

In California, Aetna is proposing rate increases of as much as 22 percent, Anthem Blue Cross 26 percent and Blue Shield of California 20 percent for some of those policy holders, according to the insurers’ filings with the state for 2013.

Ironically, Anthem’s 2010 increases were the reason Obamacare was introduced…

But wait, weren’t we told ObamaCare prevented rises in health insurance costs?

Q: Will this new insurance regulation drive up my health insurance costs?

A: No. The grandfather rule is designed to preserve the ability of Americans to keep their current plan if they like it, while providing new benefits. Other provisions of the Affordable Care Act aim to make health insurance premiums more affordable.

Bawahahahahaha! So not only will we be hit with higher insurance premiums, we’ll also be hit with the higher taxes stemming from Obamacare.

17 thoughts on “If You Like Your Higher Premiums…

  1. loaded dice in vegas

    My Doc told me tht BC/BS was once the Rolls Royce of health insurers. He now equates it to a bottom feeder carrion eater. Since being in Vegas for 10 years all of my BC/BS of Illinois claims have to go through Anthem BC/BS. If there is a way they can screw it up you can make book it will happen. I just can’t wait for POTUS care so we can really see how cluster___k happens in real time.

  2. Randal Graves

    So are these health insurance companies costs going up to 20%+ or is this just their excuse to continue to fuck over the people they insure?

    I’m guessing B.

    “The double-digit requests in some states are being made despite evidence that overall health care costs appear to have slowed in recent years, increasing in the single digits annually as many people put off treatment because of the weak economy. ”

    What do you know: they are money stealing fuckers!

  3. Wyatt Earp Post author

    LDIV – Don’t worry, when Obamacare kicks in, these prices will decrease immediately. Or something.

    Rodney – I’m sending you a bumper sticker, post haste.

    Randal – So they’re just like everyone in Washington, D.C.?

  4. Jim Scrummy

    Yep, parents have to carry their sad-sack kids until they are 26 years old on their health insurance policy. Gee, I was booted off my parent’s policy when I turned 20. Been buying my own insurance either on the open market or through work since that time over 20+ years ago. Best damn thing that ever happened to me.

  5. Ingineer66

    I am an Anthem Blue Cross member and my premiums went up 16% this month and now you are saying they are looking for 26% next year? WTF!

    And those “extra benefits” the article talks about are things like maternity coverage that is required even if you are a 50 year old man. One size fits all, shove it down our throats.

  6. metoo

    Yeah, but Sandra Fluke gets free birth control…..not that any decent man would want to take advantage of that well known fact. It’s not like you’d be going where no man has gone before. My premiums went up almost the same amount each month as did my social security tax. Double whammy!

  7. Wyatt Earp Post author

    Jim – I was on my parents’ until I graduated college (21). By 26, I was a police officer, but had to struggle to pay for insurance in between – while working terrible, low-paying jobs. I managed. Others could, too.

    Ingineer66 – I LOL’d at Nancy Pelosi, who said the other day that, yes, taxes went up with the Fiscal Cliff deal, but the Democrats want to raise them again. Because, you know, you all need to pay your fair share.

    Metoo – Then on 1/1/14, BAM, Obamacare taxes!

  8. Bob G.

    Wyatt:
    This isn’t any type of “badge of honor”…for anyone,.
    More like a SCARLET LETTER…for everyone.

    ‘Nuff said there.

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