All across the United States, health insurance companies like Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut are meeting with state insurance regulators about premiums. During the past couple of weeks, Anthem proved to Connecticut state regulators an average 18 percent premium increase reflected the requirements of federal health care mandates and increased provider costs.
Really simple actually. If the federal government mandates additional coverage – like coverage for 26 year old “kids” and no lifetime or yearly limits – the cost to provide that coverage will go up. We know that is exactly what Democrats in Congress want. Ask your employer. Ask small business owners. Health care costs are going up … way up.
Yup, that’s right. After spending months ensuring the American people the health care individual mandate is certainly not a tax, the Obama administration’s Department of Justice has gone to court in defense of their mandate, arguing the mandate is a tax.
I can say this with complete certainty. If President Obama gets his way and institutes price controls to “ensure” health care premiums don’t increase “too much”, insurers will simply drop out of the market.
From a poll released yesterday by the Yankee Institute in Hartford, we find Connecticut likely registered voters oppose current legislation in the House and Senate to reform health care by a margin of 51 percent to 34 percent. I thought Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) was telling us Connecticut voters wanted this legislation?
Trouble in paradise? Is this just the begnning of state and city blowback on the Nelson payoff. Hmmmm? Is it? The countries two best know Republican liberals are already pushing back against the Senate/ House/ Obama Health bill that they know will cost them plenty. Period. Read more
Senators in Congress – lead by Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) – are demanding health insurance companies provide “free” services including screenings for breast, cervical, ovarian and lung cancer, heart disease and diabetes, as well as postpartum depression and domestic violence.
First they came for the smokers … but we already know they are evil so that’s OK. But if you think it’s going to stop with the smokers you are oh so wrong. When the government becomes your health care provider … the government will control your lifestyle too. All of you … all of it. Senator Chris Dodd on how the universal plan will save money.
And lest you think you will have a choice with a private option, not likely says Mitch McConnell.
Maybe some people are OK with this, but I’m going to continue to point out government regulation of private business results in higher prices. When government mandates a specific service, do you think that the business will just cover the extra cost? It does not work that way, and those flying on Air Canada and WestJet will soon be seeing price increases as a result of a recent Supreme Court ruling.