Sunday, January 06, 2013

Screwing the Pooch


This more then apt cartoon from Healtchcare-Now says it all regarding the sorry state of HC in this nation. To add insult to injury, check out the NY Times blurb Health Insurers Raise Some Rates by Double Digits to see how big insurance is screwing the American public big time in terms of raising rates while continuing to rake in record profits.

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. These rate requests are all the more striking after a 39 percent rise sought by Anthem Blue Cross in 2010 helped give impetus to the law, known as the Affordable Care Act, which was passed the same year and will not be fully in effect until 2014.

 In other states, like Florida and Ohio, insurers have been able to raise rates by at least 20 percent for some policy holders. The rate increases can amount to several hundred dollars a month.

Anger does not begin to describe the feelings I have about HC in this country, something that should change but won't thanks to the status quo and the hold it has over politics, finance and healthcare. As a refresher, click Getting Hosed to get more info on just how inept our HC system truly is. End of rant.
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