Getting ready yesterday to go for my procedure, I caught a blurb on the (very) early morning news regarding Anthem Blue Cross in California raising their rates. As soon as I heard Anthem I knew those folks were screwed. Anthem is the company insuring the workers at my husband’s job- so we have been screwed by them on many occasions. (Yes, it’s covered- Oops – sorry you exceeded your yearly max for preventative care. Yes it’s covered, BUT!!! Too long to go into details- let’s just say Anthem is in it for the money- not to help anybody.)
So the early morning news tells how rates are going up 39%. On the drive to the hospital I said to hubby “Watch how this goes. It’s going to turn out to be an opportunity for the Democrats to push their stinking health care bill.” I predicted to hubby that Anthem was going to cry about how all the un-insured and under-insured were driving up costs.
Well, am I suddenly a prophetess, a seer, a fortune-teller? By the time the anesthesia wore off and I climbed into my own bed there was Axelrod’s puppet telling us how the government was DEMANDING an explanation from Anthem! And here it is!
“Costs have increased in the individual market, Anthem responded Monday afternoon, because the recession has led many policyholders to drop their coverage, spreading expenses among a smaller pool of customers. Additionally, those remaining with the company tend to have, on average, greater health needs than those who have dropped coverage.”
“We regret the impact this has on our members,” the company said in a statement. “It highlights why we need sustainable health care reform to manage the steadily rising costs of hospitals, drugs and doctors. As such, it is important to go back to the beginning and get health care reform done right.”
(Bold is mine)
I am so not surprised that an insurer in Pelosi’s state, an insurer that made 2.9 BILLION dollars in profit in the 4th quarter of 2009 is getting in on this act. After all, who knows what went on in those closed-door meetings between Congress and the Insurance companies. Seems to me Anthem would be REALLY happy if the government took over insuring all those sick people and only took on folks from whom they could make MORE money.
Notice that Anthem in its statement wants to manage the rising costs of all those folks who actually, you know, PROVIDE MEDICAL TREATMENT for sick folks.
This says it quite nicely
“A hefty increase in health insurance premiums for some WellPoint customers in California has had some potent side effects for the Indianapolis-based insurer — criticism from President Barack Obama and renewed energy for advocates of his faltering health-care reforms.“
Remember what Nancy said!
“We will go through the gate. If the gate is closed, we will go over the fence. If the fence is too high, we will pole vault in. If that doesn’t work, we will parachute in. But we are going to get health care reform passed for the American people for their own personal health and economic security and for the important role that it will play in reducing the deficit.”
With a little help from their friends!