Friday, October 30, 2009

No Fake, Dick Tracy

Kudos to Wellpoint for tellling the truth. They'll probably get bitch-slapped by the White House now.

[T]he most important health-care questions continue to be about the policy substance—particularly those that Democrats don't want asked.

Foremost among them is: How will ObamaCare affect insurance premiums in the private health-care markets? Despite indignant Democratic denials, the near-certainty is that their plan will cause costs to rise across the board. The latest data on this score come from a series of state-level studies from the insurance company WellPoint Inc.

At the request of Congressional delegations worried about their constituents—call it a public service—WellPoint mined its own actuarial data to model ObamaCare in the 14 states where it runs Blue Cross plans. The study therefore takes into account market and demographic differences that other industry studies have not, such as the one from the trade group America's Health Insurance Plans, which looked at aggregate national trends.

In all of the 14 states WellPoint scrutinized, ObamaCare would drive up premiums for the small businesses and individuals who are most of WellPoint's customers. (Other big insurers, like Aetna, focus on the market among large businesses.) Young and healthy consumers will see the largest increases—their premiums would more than triple in some states—though average middle-class buyers will pay more too.

This will affect everyone. It will affect my family directly.


  1. My family can't afford the kind of increases they're talking about for health care. And with the health problems we have in our family, we need good, regular health care. It's terrifying to think of losing it.

  2. Barb, call Sherrod Brown every day. If everyone did this, we'd crash the lines.