I’m confident there will be health care reform soon

This kind of sh*t can’t last:

Keying off the Obama administration’s recent probe into a planned 39 percent rate hike from Anthem Blue Cross in California, [Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius] will detail large increases in six other states and say that given record insurer profits, health care reform has never been more urgent.

At 11:30 a.m. today, Sebelius will release the report, obtained by TPMDC and titled “Insurance Companies Prosper, Families Suffer: Our Broken Health Insurance System.”

It finds that Anthem’s rate increase (now delayed until May) is “not unique” and that experts say premiums will keep rising.

The report quotes National Association of Insurance Commissioners officials predicting the nation will “see rate increases of 20, 25, 30 percent.”

4 Comments

  1. Since they are working behind the scenes…you may be right….we will have some form of health reform….but will it be enough to stop the ailing system we have now? All the talk about future generations and the saddling them with debt is just that…talk….most people live today not 25 years down the road…..it is a fleeting thought at best….

  2. Chris

    I’m not even saying that the current health care reform legislation will survive. Just that we quickly approaching a breaking point in our current system. More and more people will rapidly lose their insurance or be priced completely out of care. And as that happens, the drum beat to act will be too loud to ignore.

  3. Sheepy

    They claim that because people can’t afford insurance, less people are paying into the system and so therefore, they have to raise rates. Uh, did they think that through first?!?

  4. Chris

    Sheepy,
    The same thing happens with public transportation. To stop the cycle society has to make it a priority that people get insurance or are able to afford riding the bus.