You know how the Republicans are all super excited to block “ObamaCare”? Which, to be honest, more resembles McCain’s plan during the election than Obama’s own plan. Well, this is what the tea partiers are fighting to preserve here in California:
Anthem Blue Cross is telling many of its approximately 800,000 customers who buy individual coverage — people not covered by group rates — that its prices will go up March 1 and may be adjusted “more frequently” than its typical yearly increases.
The insurer declined to say how high it is increasing rates. But brokers who sell these policies say they are fielding numerous calls from customers incensed over premium increases of 30% to 39%, saying they come on the heels of similar jumps last year. (LA Times)
If my own experience with Kaiser are any guide to what the individual market is as a whole, premiums have gone up around 125%. It’s completely unsustainable.
But, you know, yay for Scott Brown.