Private health insurance keeps hiking up premium prices |

Private health insurance keeps hiking up premium prices

Health and Human Services released the rising cost of insurance premiums across the United States. Some of the notable statistics: the largest company in Michigan requested a 56 percent increase; in Connecticut, it was over 26 percent; in Oregon, a 23 percent hike; Maine, a 23 percent rate increase; where we in California recently heard of Anthem’s request for a 39 percent hike!

Meanwhile, the 12 largest private health insurers declared more than $12 billion in profits in 2009. Those are profits from customer premiums.

With President Obama hosting a bipartisan (televised) health care forum Feb. 25, now is the time to contact our Senate representatives and the White House to express our country’s need of one of the following: a robust public option to add competition to the existing private insurance monopoly; or maybe you even want to take it further and insist that single payer be considered; or maybe lowering the age for Medicare to 55.

Whatever is your specific concern related to health care reform in our country, now is the time to call!

Dean Olson

Nevada City

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