Again, I’m reading a bunch of stuff for an upcoming post and I see this:
Lucia Harkenreader’s check landed in her mailbox last week: a rebate of $456.15 from her health insurance company, with a letter dryly explaining that the money came courtesy of the federal health care law.
For Ms. Harkenreader, 53, who is putting a son through college, the rebate helps soothe the frustration she feels toward her insurer, Golden Rule, which is owned by UnitedHealthcare.
“It seems like the health insurance companies really just don’t have any consideration for the cost out here,” said Ms. Harkenreader, who pays about $480 a month for a high-deductible plan, up from $400 last year. “What costs have gone up to justify that rise in premium? I’d love to know. Did you give your people a raise? I guess your light bill went up?”
How is it possible that she can ask “What costs have gone up?” as she clutches a $456.00 check? How can she ask “What costs have gone up?” as insurance companies are required to “insure” people who knock on the door with a broken arm?
People wonder why this country is in trouble.