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5/25/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
"We need help, and soon, starting with a harder look at the rates insurance companies charge small business.  I don’t understand why health insurance rates aren’t already regulated, since other states do it. If the state wants to encourage small businesses, letting them get run over by health insurance companies isn’t...
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5/25/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
"If our elected officials can’t stand up to the insurance and medical lobbyists, we voters will have to do it for ourselves."   I feel I am at the mercy of Anthem Blue Cross, which has raised my health insurance rate by almost 50% since 2006. Another $65 a month increase will kick in April 1, bringing the premium to $861 a...
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5/25/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
"Anthem should have to seek approval from state regulators before implementing such onerous rate hikes."   After several nervous weeks of waiting for the news to come, it arrived in the mail. Our annual renewal notice for our health insurance from Anthem Blue Cross. Our premiums are set to jump another 19% beginning June 1st....
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5/25/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
"There is no competitive market for health insurance. Your choices are: 1. Pay whatever they say. 2. Die. Note the similarity to your choices during an armed robbery: 1. Pay whatever they say. 2. Die....Our government has completely failed to regulate rapacious insurers. Since they will not do anything about this, we must all take action...
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5/25/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
"At the rate our premiums are going up, I wonder if we can both stay insured long enough to get Medicare when we turn 65. It's an odd world when we have to wish we were older....We at least need better control over these premiums."   (updated 2/23/12) I'm 63 and my wife is 60. I’m self-employed, with a business of...
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5/25/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
"Our premium went up another 19.7% on May 1. Why did I think it would be different this time? Health insurance companies should be accountable to someone for these outrageous rate increases."   I feel like Blue Cross is stealing from us by charging us more for less coverage and there’s nothing we can do. We received a 19.7%...
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5/25/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
"How can they just unilaterally raise the deductible and copay when we have a contract? It’s outrageous...Even worse, the increases came just as Wellpoint, the parent company of Anthem Blue Cross, was reporting record profits...it shouldn’t take people marching in the streets to get fairly priced insurance."   My...
Article
5/25/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
"These costs are outrageous, yet even the state has no power to modify rates or refuse an increase. As individuals, we don’t have anyone protecting us or even bargaining on our behalf."   My husband and I own a small business and we’ve had individual Anthem Blue Cross policies for nearly 30 years now. In that whole...
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5/25/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
"We do not want to become a burden on the government and seek free services but we need help with fighting these unfair healthcare rates. We are the less than middle class who can’t afford our bills...Our glimmer of hope is that this gouging on healthcare rates will be regulated and that somehow healthcare will become more affordable...
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5/25/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
"If I have to get pre-approval from my insurance company every time I want my health care paid for, shouldn't they have to get approval when they want me to pay more?"   As a self-employed single mother with two sons, I have struggled for more than a decade to balance the cost of health care and health insurance with the need...