Back on August 1, 2017 the Chicago Tribune provided a preview of 2018 annual premium increase requests made by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois for their 2018 individual health insurance plans. Then on October 12, 2017 the U.S. Health and Human Services Department issued a statement reconfirming that former president Barack Obama authorized CSR – “Cost Sharing Reduction” subsidies (which artificially reduce deductibles and co pays for those under 250% of FPL) illegally, unilaterally and unconstitutionally. As such, those subsidies were ended after a thorough review by HHS, the U.S. Treasury, the Office of Management and Budget, and an opinion from the U.S. Attorney General.
Since the Surrender party in the U.S. Senate failed again to repeal and replace the PPACA a.k.a. Obamacare (after promising to do so for 7 years), Obamacare remains the law of the land. Because Obamacare is still the law, health insurers are still obligated to artificially reduce deductibles and co pays for those under 250% of Federal Poverty Level. So, someone still has to pay for these CSR “subsidies”. “Someone” is the 17 million Americans who purchase health insurance in the individual marketplace.
The hope was that time would be allotted for congress to legally appropriate the $7 billion needed to continue CSR subsidies so that additional premium increases would not be levied on self employed consumers seeking individual health insurance coverage. In fact, Patty Murray and Lamar Alexander are working on such a piece of legislation now.
Instead of waiting for congress to legally appropriate money to continue CSR subsidies, “Social Justice Warrior” Bruce Rauner (who recently became the first U.S. governor to initiate publicly funded abortions for all state employees and for all Medicaid recipients) wasted no time in taking swift action to “protect Obamacare” by directing health insurers offering individual health plans to attach a surcharge—on average 15 percent—to Silver health plan premiums. Silver health plans are the most popular health insurance plans available under Obamacare because they are the only health plans that consumers who (qualify) can receive federal subsidies for. So, what are the end results of Governor Rauner’s “side hustle” to protect Obamacare? Below are the new 2018 approved health insurance premium increases released today via Healthcare.gov after they were “fundamentally transformed” by “Social Justice Warrior” Bruce Rauner.
BEFORE Bruce’s “side hustle”:
5.4% for Blue Choice Preferred Silver PPO plans.
AFTER Bruce’s “side hustle”:
28% Blue Precision HMO Silver plan
11% Blue FocusCare HMO Silver plan
13% Blue Choice Preferred PPO Silver plan
Since the Blue Choice Preferred Silver PPO plan includes access to the last individual PPO network that Chicagoland consumers have left to purchase (since we only have three carriers left in Chicagoland that offer individual plans). And, the Blue Precision HMO Silver plan is the most popular individual HMO plan. This means that Illinois consumers who do not qualify for subsidies and have already received on average a 99% increase (and in many cases more than a 200% increase in their individual health insurance plan premiums since 2014) will now pay double the annual premium increases for the two most popular individual health plan options. Namely, the Blue Choice Preferred Silver PPO plan and Blue Precision Silver HMO plan. Obamacare remains anything but “affordable” and our elected “Republicans” are providing no assistance whatsoever.
Click here > BCBSIL2017IndividualPlanRates < to see quotes for a 50 year old male in Will county, Illinois run with today’s effective date.
Click here > Healthcare.govBCBSIL2018IndividualPlanRates < to see quotes for a 50 year old male in Will county, Illinois run with a January 1, 2018 effective date.