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DRoseDARs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-29-10 11:15 PM
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22. Just got delayed notice today from Anthem BCBS raising my rate on June 1st.
They were obviously delaying notice all these months (usually get notice in January, if at all) to find out how the HCR bill
would end. I'm a single policy holder (no one else on my policy), self-pay (meaning not through my employer, who doesn't offer
coverage anyway and I believe has under 50 employees and thus still exempt from offering) on the cheapest policy they had for me. Here's what I've paid over the years, how much it increased, and why according to them:

>>>If memory serves, I started at about $140/month in May 2006, having hit 25yrsold on the 27th of April and thus no longer eligible to be on my stepdad's employer's insurance coverage, hence my switch to Anthem BCBS. I'm unsure of the exact amount because I can't find the bills for May, June or July 2006. Anyway, that rate was supposed to be my rate until my next birthday in April 2007...

>>>Somewhere between 13% and 20% increase in June(?) 2006 (again, I can't find my bills for May, June or July 2006 to give the previous amount) to $168/month (Yeah, we lied to you over the phone when you signed up about the rate you would pay until your next birthday. Fuck you and suck it, Mr. Rose.)

>>>9% increase in January 2007 to $184/month (This one was extra special: I received notice that either A. I had a "recent change in age" even though my birthday is in April which I was already supposed to be paying the proper rate from April 2006 and as you will see next, they raised my rate in April 2007 separately from this January 2007 rate increase anyway so they must think I get two birthdays in one year; B. "recent change in address" never mind that I've lived in this house at this address and haven't moved since 1987 LOOONG before becoming a policy holder with them; OR (and I want to stress that "OR" because they didn't specify WHICH of these three reasons caused the rate increase) C. "recent change in geographic region." What, did the Reno/Sparks area get scooped off the face of the Earth and physically moved somewhere else on the planet? And besides, they couldn't just pick ONE of these three reasons to raise my rate? It had to be multiple choice? I get to pick the one that raises my blood pressure the LEAST? How charitable of them, shows they really care. Fuck you and suck it, Mr. Rose.)

>>>11% increase in April 2007 to $205/month (change in age, so yeah like I said before rate increased twice in one year 4 months apart possibly for the same reason, Anthem BCBS just couldn't decide on ONE reason in January they were ALL just such wonderful reasons. Fuck you and suck it again, Mr. Rose.)

>>>21% increase in April 2008 to $248/month (change in age; reasonable reason, ridiculous rate)

>>>11% increase in April 2009 to $275/month (change in age; reasonable reason, ridiculous rate)

>>>delayed 18% increase in June 2010 to $325/month (Not because of change in age this coming April, not because of a change in address that hasn't changed in almost 23 years, not because of a change in geographic region since the Earth's crust doesn't move like that. No, nothing "reasonable" like any of that. Fuck you, we're just greedy. And suck it, Mr. Rose.)
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  -bring on the PUBLIC OPTION (morphing it into SINGLE PAYER)... as Aetna CEO warns of price hikes: thotzRthingz  Mar-29-10 05:04 PM   #0 
  - Anyone surprised by this?  depakid   Mar-29-10 05:08 PM   #1 
  - I'm certainly not suprised, nor do I think anyone should be... I consistently said this would  thotzRthingz   Mar-29-10 08:36 PM   #12 
  - So people realized that some went hungry inside the Mighty Kingdom?  truedelphi   Mar-30-10 02:51 AM   #26 
     - We desire a collateral parable about circuses. For then we would be complete.  Stinky The Clown   Mar-30-10 11:21 AM   #32 
     - If the unclean undeserved masses wish to be angry over 18 dollar bread they may purchase cake  Dragonfli   Mar-30-10 05:12 PM   #43 
  - Not in the least. n/t  OhioChick   Mar-29-10 09:15 PM   #18 
  - Certainly not. Did you see Stinky the Clown's post yesterday?  Lorien   Mar-30-10 11:59 AM   #35 
     - Yes, I did see it... (link included herein) and:  thotzRthingz   Mar-30-10 12:23 PM   #36 
  - well, it looks like Americans will have no other choice but to dump private insurance  fascisthunter   Mar-29-10 05:11 PM   #2 
  - And so it begins...  JuniperLea   Mar-29-10 05:14 PM   #3 
  - i think all of you are correct... I also think this may have been "the plan" all along...  thotzRthingz   Mar-29-10 05:19 PM   #4 
  - I've heard this from  SocialistLez   Mar-29-10 08:45 PM   #14 
     - there is certainly more than one way to view what has transpired... for example:  thotzRthingz   Mar-29-10 09:06 PM   #16 
  - You really can't have single payer without repealing the recent health bill  Oregone   Mar-29-10 05:22 PM   #5 
  - True. But great first step, huh?  laughingliberal   Mar-29-10 05:25 PM   #7 
  - ummm, does this mean that MAN will never "walk on the moon" ... IOW: the "chances" are precisely  thotzRthingz   Mar-29-10 05:25 PM   #8 
  - Once an insurance exchange is in place, the Public Option is easy.  tinrobot   Mar-29-10 05:24 PM   #6 
  - "Insurance companies perform an important role." President Barack Obama. nt  Captain Hilts   Mar-29-10 05:26 PM   #9 
  - Hope-killing words, an utterly chilling quote (n/t)  CrawlingChaos   Mar-30-10 04:14 PM   #40 
  - Yep. The insurance companies are gonna have even the freepers calling for their heads  kestrel91316   Mar-29-10 06:22 PM   #10 
  - I don't know about that...  bluethruandthru   Mar-30-10 08:00 AM   #30 
  - K&R the HCR bill forecloses on any PO or SP; a tragedy, given the historic opportunity squandered  amborin   Mar-29-10 06:26 PM   #11 
  - Exactly. It's not gonna happen, folks.  Nikki Stone1   Mar-29-10 08:42 PM   #13 
  - I certainly understand (and even share) your bitterness... but I refuse to give-up... we CAN make it  thotzRthingz   Mar-29-10 09:07 PM   #17 
  - Giving up already?  Dawgs   Mar-30-10 07:56 AM   #29 
     - They were raising prices BEFORE the bill passed.  sabrina 1   Mar-30-10 02:22 PM   #38 
        - yes they were... that's what makes this latest "threat" (fear-mongering) our incentive to go PO now!  thotzRthingz   Mar-30-10 04:53 PM   #41 
  - So now we begin the long march of "more subsidies" for the insurance mafia  kenny blankenship   Mar-29-10 08:52 PM   #15 
  - Right you are, Ken.  Edweird   Mar-29-10 09:16 PM   #19 
  - Indeed!  musette_sf   Mar-29-10 11:28 PM   #23 
  - It gets distorted real fast  noise   Mar-29-10 09:19 PM   #20 
  - I think the first thing we need to do, if we aren't going play their stupid game, is to start  thotzRthingz   Mar-29-10 09:22 PM   #21 
  - And the argument--it doesn't matter how much rates go up, if you can't afford it, we'll subsidize!  Romulox   Mar-30-10 11:24 AM   #34 
  - Yes a tragedy, but the greater tragedy is that those who take office  truedelphi   Mar-30-10 03:00 AM   #27 
  - Just got delayed notice today from Anthem BCBS raising my rate on June 1st.  DRoseDARs   Mar-29-10 11:15 PM   #22 
  - medicare for all, end FICA caps and tax breaks  upi402   Mar-29-10 11:31 PM   #24 
  - +100 n/t  Lugnut   Mar-30-10 12:10 AM   #25 
  - Oh, I'm for all of that as well. thanks for bringing it to the discussion!  thotzRthingz   Mar-30-10 06:56 AM   #28 
  - Lucy has pulled the football away again!  Vinnie From Indy   Mar-30-10 10:11 AM   #31 
  - Forcing people to buy something can never reduce its price.  Romulox   Mar-30-10 11:23 AM   #33 
  - Here they come for even more of our household food money.  glinda   Mar-30-10 01:47 PM   #37 
  - Gee, no one could have expected that to happen.  progressoid   Mar-30-10 04:01 PM   #39 
  - where's ALAN GRAYSON'S "public option" (medicare buy-in) ... when we need it? :-|  thotzRthingz   Mar-30-10 04:56 PM   #42 

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