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5/25/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
"In 2005, I testified before the Dept. of Insurance and warned that if trends continued, in five years the cost of insurance would equal our house payment.  It happened in four years. It’s a losing battle for the individual against a multibillion-dollar company"   Blue Cross Rate Hikes I’m a freelance...
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5/25/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
"In May my premium increases by 17.3%, on top of a 19% increase last fall. If the laws of this State allow Blue Cross to do this to me and other individual enrollees, and do it again and again, isn’t it up to our lawmakers and the governor to fix it?"   I have a Blue Cross PPO Share 2500 individual plan and just got my...
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5/25/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
"It’s crazy that California regulates rates for auto and homeowner insurance but lets the health insurance industry gouge us year after year. We can go without a car before going without health care."   Blue Cross rate hikes My family has a Blue Cross individual family PPO. This year the premium alone is $2222 a month—...
Article
5/25/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
"I am sharing my story in the hope it will lead to affordable health insurance that will help millions of people like me when they need it most."   Seven years ago, at age 54, I was self-employed and of modest means, but completely debt-free. I had health insurance, but rarely made a claim. Today I am a 62-year old uninsured...
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5/25/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
"I signed the petition to justify rates because my family needs a permanent fix for health insurance rates that are too high."   Our Blue Shield policy covers three people: me, my husband and our four-year-old son. When we bought our high-deductible policy in 2008 it was $242 per month. With our latest rate increase it is $625 a...