Jun
30
2013

Hi, Rhode Island! Enjoy your 10% #Obamacare hikes!

If you’re lucky.

Rhode Island Health Insurance Commissioner Christopher F. Koller has approved 2014 health insurance rates that he called “significantly lower” than those requested — but that still involve increases in premiums.

[snip]

For the majority of Rhode Islanders who get health insurance from large employers, rates will go up, on average, 9.5 percent to 12 percent.

Three points about this:

  1. Don’t expect that this is the last time that the rates will go up; the whole thing reeks of Let’s raise them as little as possible this time and push the envelope more next time. Because that’s how it works.
  2. Remember how prices were supposed to go down under Obamacare?  Notice how that somehow became “significantly lower premium increases?”  Sorry, but we told so.
  3. James Langevin (D, RI-02) voted for Obamacare.  Sheldon Whitehouse (D, RI) voted for Obamacare.  Jack Reed (D, RI) voted for Obamacare.  The only reason that David Cicilline (D, RI-01) did not vote for Obamacare was because at the time he was off running Providence into the ground*. No Republican voted for Obamacare.  The rise in Rhode Island’s insurance rates is not. Our. Fault.

I don’t wish to be cruel to the voters of Rhode Island: but this is what happens when you let your state be exclusively run by, and exclusively represented by, Democrats. I’m sure that looking for an alternative seems all very icky for voters in that state: but whether it is ickier than the 13-17% rate hikes that the insurance companies are pushing for, and will very soon get, is only a rhetorical question for hardcore Democrats who still adamantly refuse to admit that they severely messed up with Obamacare.  The rest of us are not actually obligated to cater to progressive’s self-delusion…

Via

Moe Lane (crosspost)

*Providence barely managed to avoid bankruptcy in 2012. It’s still not actually reducing its deficit.

2 Comments

  • Freddie Sykes says:

    RE: that he called “significantly lower” than those requested -

    And if these increases are too low to cover the new, expanded and unlimited benefits, insurance companies will exit the state. The Unaffordable Care Act requires everyone to get insurance but it does not require insurance companies to participate in any state and issue policies.

  • bobby b says:

    Unbeknownst to non-Obamites, there’s a small provision that’s been snuck in on, like, page one thousand two hundred and scady-eight of the Newer Immigration Amendment – that’s the new and improved way to fund everything your heart ever desired (or even had some vague and fleeting wish for) without even having someone notice it before the vote – that instructs HHS to pay, on behalf of each state which, per agreement of the SecHHS and DPrez, is a “good state” – to pay out “any and all funds requested” to be used to cushion premium shock.

    And . . . oh yeah . . . nobody noticed yet, but Obamacare has a secret provision (which uses no actual words of English beyond referencing and deleting and combining and amending other obscure statutory cites) but when you do the citation-following and diagram out what it really says, well, we’ve already completely bailed California out. Of everything. And we gave them a profit on the deal.

    (We’re going to be finding outrageous and well-hidden bomb-provisions buried inside of our Law for decades to come – why do you think they want everything to be a 1200-page bill with three hours reading time before the vote? – and when those bombs wreak their fury on us, it’ll turn out that we’ve transferred almost all wealth directly over to – well, I can’t make any direct accusations here (like, the NSA isn’t recording THIS site at all!) – but the one common denominator of all of the recipients will be their prior roles as Obama Bundlers.

    So. Just sayin’ . . .

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