It should be no secret to anyone by now that the Walker administration has done nothing to rein in insurer premiums on the Wisconsin exchange like most other states. The commissioner of insurance has not challenged one rate increase in excess of 10% yet, a duty they have under the ACA. Other states have done just that, and are offering much lower premiums as a result. And that's the rub.
WKOW's Greg Neumann reports that premiums have pretty much stayed the same in Wisconsin, which would be really good news, if that were true. It's not true for me.
My monthly premium went from $268.52 to $370.81. Ouch, a 39% increase from last year. According to the ACA, state's are supposed to question and/or turn down any requested increases that exceed 10%.
Of course, Republicans are hoping that millions of people covered by the Affordable Care Act are dropped, when and if the Supreme Court decides that a short line in the law only gives tax credits to state exchanges, not the federal stand-ins. Why they would think that is anybodies guess, but partisan legislating from the bench is part of the new wave of conservative justice.
If that happens, then success stories like the one below will become a thing of the past again, and once again the U.S. will have the best health care in the world...that no one can afford.
58 year-old Sue Savoy is self-employed and, according her daughter Lisa Haselow, never thought much about the private health insurance plans she purchased each year.
"And never really used it, she didn't really go to the doctor," said Haselow. "And she ended up being hospitalized just last month and realized how woefully under-insured she really was."
Haselow says a back injury left her mom wishing she had paid more attention to exactly what her plan covered. "She walked in there with an insurance card, not realizing that she would get stung with what would probably end up being in the $40,000 to $50,000 range after insurance," said Haselow.