Wednesday, September 16, 2009

912 Project Protesters Fight to Protect 10yr, 93.6% Increase in Insurance Premiums, While Complaining Public Plan is Not Affordable. Huh?

When you consider what the "Obamacare" protesters are saying, you can't help but realize they're approach is upside down, inside out and just the opposite of reality.

While they worry about government rationing of health care if there's a public option, the current private system does just that, rationing who gets care and who doesn't, reducing benefits and eventually pricing more families out of coverage resulting in over 18,000 people dying of preventable deaths.

The conservative brain trust has never looked past the political moment to feel the need to plan ahead.

According to

Family health care premiums rose an estimated 4.6 times faster than earnings for Wisconsin’s workers from 2000 through 2009, according to a report issued today by the consumer health organization Families USA. In that 10-year period, family health insurance premiums rose by 93.6 percent, while median earnings rose by only 20.4 percent.

As the report notes, the disproportionately high increases in insurance premiums have continued despite employees receiving
“thinner coverage”—coverage that offers fewer benefits and/or that comes with higher deductibles, copayments, and co-insurance. Other employers have cut costs by placing limits on which employees are eligible for coverage or by eliminating
coverage for spouses and children of employees. As a result, Wisconsin families are paying more but receiving less in health coverage.

“Rising health care costs threaten the financial well-being of families in Wisconsin and across the nation,” said Ron Pollack, Executive Director of Families USA.

If the country, as a collective, can't afford the rising cost of health insurance, what makes the 912'ers think individual citizens can?

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