ObamaCare was supposed to stop this sort of thing, wasn’t it? That’s how Pelosi, Obama et al sold the law, but its plain effect has been to hike taxes and rates. Health insurer Blue Shield of California wants to raise rates as much as 20% for some individual policyholders, prompting calls for the nonprofit to use some of its record-high reserve of $3.9 billion to hold down premiums. In filings with state regulators, Blue Shield is seeking an average rate increase of 12% for more than 300,000 customers, effective in March, with a maximum increase of 20%.
Comments: Every day another lie is exposed about the travesty that is 0bamacare. I´m so sick of the corrupt liars in Washington. My one little vote sure didn´t make any difference that´s for sure.
Dec. 31st will be the last day my husband and I are covered by health insurance. My employer will not pay any more toward my premiums. My part would have been $400 a paycheck. When you work as a support staff member of a school you get screwed. The teachers pay 4 cents for the same policy that they want me to pay $400 for. I don´t make enough to afford $800 a month. We are four years out from Medicare. If something major comes up we are in a heap of trouble. We were told this was a direct result of obamacare.
Does anyone really believe that something like this happening in California will not have a ripple effect throughout all of the Blue Cross entities across the country? Limited vision.
“Reserves are needed to ensure our members’ claims can be paid no matter what,” said Blue Shield spokeswoman Lindy Wagner. “We need them to protect against uncertainties like a pandemic or another crisis.”
The company also expects higher costs from an influx of new customers under the federal healthcare law in 2014.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime change in the healthcare market that will bring a lot of volatility, and we need higher reserves for that,” Wagner said.
Conditions like those are not limited to California. Heads in sand won´t keep increases like this from happening elsewhere if it works out in California.
And here´s another surprise from Obamacare: I went in for physical therapy yesterday only to find out that there is now a $1880/year cap on Medicare payments. So this calendar year I can go wild up to $1880 but next year I´m restricted to that amount for the whole year. Thank you O.
At least Blue Shield is still in California. However, if the 60% Democrat freeloading population keeps up the pressure, they might decamp and leave the state altogether, leaving the "free stuff" crowd to find "free" insurance elsewhere.
Obama and his minions has been selling us lies and a boatload of crap since day one. The disparity between this man´s words and deeds is absolutely astounding and yet half the American public continues to support him. The old saying that you elect politicians you deserve seems to be very appropriate for United States nowadays.
The very basics of insurance are that the company has the funds to meet a catastrophe. The funds are not to subsidize goobernment mandates. This is no different than requiring people to buy unaffordable health insurance and the goobernment forcing people to use their savings to pay for it. Savings are not there to support goobernment programs but to insure cash during crises. But then the idea of our goobernment to take money from those that have and give it to those that don’t.
Health insurance premiums may as much as double for some small businesses and individual buyers in the U.S. when the Affordable Care Act’s major provisions start in 2014, Aetna Inc. (AET)’s chief executive officer said. While subsidies in the law will shield some people, other consumers who make too much for assistance are in for “premium rate shock,” Mark Bertolini, who runs the third-biggest U.S. health-insurance company, told analysts yesterday at a conference in New York.
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Comedian Jim Carrey angered many on the right with his venomous tweets against the Second Amendment as well as those who embrace it. He (much) later apologized, but hard feelings likely remain. The Ace Ventura star´s latest political tweet won´t win him any conservative fans back. Carrey commented on vandals splashing green paint on the Lincoln Memorial with a predictably left of center viewpoint: Green paint on Lincoln memorial. Ppl are getting tired of corporate tyranny disguised as democracy. ;^\ http://say.ly/iqj6mai
Republicans have been bracing for a storm ever since President Obama tapped Thomas Perez, the liberal activist head of the Justice Department´s civil rights division, to replace Hilda Solis as Labor secretary. Labeling Perez a radical, polarizing figure, Republicans held up his nomination for four months, allowing it to move forward only on July 18 as part of a deal to prevent Senate Democrats from going nuclear and changing the chamber´s voting rules. Now employers and their GOP allies in Congress worry it´s payback time. During Solis´ tenure at Labor, the department focused most of its energy on writing
Union leaders are calling on Congress and President Obama to provide a federal bailout to the city of Detroit. The executive council of the AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest labor federation, called for an “immediate infusion of federal assistance for Detroit” to be matched by Michigan, which they say has not done enough to keep the city from going through bankruptcy. “Bankruptcy must not be used as a tool to impoverish city of Detroit workers or retirees. City workers have already made severe concessions to keep the city afloat,” the executive council said in a statement.
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