Health premiums for Americans are about to go through the roof, and even the vaunted Obamacare can’t help them.
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama is proposing a 28 percent increase; BC/BS of Pennsylvania wants to raise premiums by 30 percent; BC/BS of North Carolina hopes to jack prices by 26 percent. Illinois and Florida BC/BS’s have proposed increases of 28 percent and 22 percent, respectively.
But it’s not just Blue Cross. United Healthcare in Florida wants to raise its rates for its Obamacare exchange by an average of 18 percent across the board. But brokered insurance would go up 31 percent and some locations could see increases topping 65 percent. In Texas, one provider wants a 32 percent increase for exchange-based plans, while another seeks a 30 percent hike.
More than 10 million people have signed up for Obamacare, with most getting subsidies from the government. But the huge increases proposed by health care providers means that the subisidies will soon be too little to provide relief for strapped taxpayers.