I've just been informed that the premiums for my Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan plan -- which does not cover office visit charges -- is going up 29% this year. This was not a negotiation, it was a unilateral price increase. The rationale given in the letter is that it's the fault of the State of Michigan for requiring BCBSM to cover people rejected by other insurers for pre-existing conditions. As if that wasn't true the previous year.
All I know is that I didn't get consulted on this price change, that it will have no direct effect on the quality of my coverage or health care vs. 2008-09 rates, and that it's utterly ridiculous. No other good or service in our economy saw a 29% price increase.
Time for single-payer national health care.