Hope you don’t need insurance in California

After Cancer - Now What? — By on February 10, 2010 at 12:26 pm

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div class=”separator” style=”clear: both; text-align: center;”a href=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_3WfwzsWpUQ4/S286i-5fiqI/AAAAAAAAAx4/PCug4GhX-yw/s1600-h/cali+flag.gif” imageanchor=”1″ style=”clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;”img border=”0″ src=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_3WfwzsWpUQ4/S286i-5fiqI/AAAAAAAAAx4/PCug4GhX-yw/s320/cali+flag.gif” //a/divSo meaningful health care reform is likely off the table because the democrats couldn’t get their act together. The best many of us are hoping for is healthi insurance /ireform and that may wind up not only being too little too late but relatively meaningless.br /
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The L.A. Times reported this week that Anthem Blue Cross of California will be raising rates on individual health policies by as much as 39%.nbsp;nbsp; Not only are rated set to increase March 1st but the company has stated that they may be “adjusted more frequently than its typical yearly increases” State insurance regulators say they’ll “investigate”.br /
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So approximately 800,000 customers with individual coverage are facing bmajor/b increases in rates. So either many will have to either change their policies with less coverage or as I fear, many will no longer be able to afford coverage at all.nbsp;br /
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The company, which is for profit, of course feels the pain of the increases on their customers and blames the increases on rising health care costs.br /
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In California home and automobile insurers have to have rates approved by regulators but for health insurance they can raise rates as much as and whenever they want. Regulators do not have the power to control rates. br /
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I don’t live in California and fortunately I am insured but what happens to nearly a million more Americans if they can’t afford health insurance?nbsp; I think we know. Delayed diagnoses, increased complications and unnecessary deaths. So much for the free market, at least if you are or have been sick.div class=”blogger-post-footer”img width=’1′ height=’1′ src=’https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4713736175601908568-1494152318908150867?l=www.aftercancernowwhat.com’ alt=” //div
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