Every state with the exception of Mississippi will see their health insurance premiums rise in 2016, and most states will see double-digit increases.
More than one in three states, or 17 percent, will see average premium increases of 20 percent or more including Alabama, Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
The five states facing the largest premium increases are Minnesota with 47.7 percent, Alaska with 39.1 percent, Tennessee with 35.2 percent, Hawaii with 30 percent, and Oklahoma with 29.4 percent.
47.7%? Minnesota should be ripe for picking off by any reasonably competent GOP candidate.
While we’re at it this morning, I’d also like to revisit this item from last week:
California officials assumed that under the ♡bamaCare!!! expansion they’d be on the hook for an additional 1.5 million Medi-Cal enrollees. Instead nearly 4 million have signed up for the state’s “free” care program.
What I forgot to note last week is that California (with about 11% of the country’s population) accounts for nearly one-third of the country’s welfare cases. And sure enough, going by the numbers from the Los Angeles Times, California alone represents nearly one-third of the increase in Medicare recipients under ♡bamaCare!!!’s expansion of that welfare program.
But I suppose somebody has to keep the non-Silicon Valley parts of California afoot — and that somebody is us.