Insurance Premiums Keep on Climbing Past 78%

Insurance companies put quite a few millions into Bush’s campaign in 2000. Since 2001, the cost of premiums has gone up 78 percent, far out pacing a 19 percent increase in wages and 17 percent jump in inflation, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health care research group that annually tracks the cost of health insurance.

This year, the cost of premiums paid by workers and their employers was up 6.1 percent, while wages rose an average of 3.7 percent and inflation went up 2.6 percent, the survey said. Kaiser estimates that between 1 million and 2 million people join the ranks of the uninsured every year.

This year, premiums averaged $12,106 for a family of four, with workers paying, on average, $3,281 of that. Premiums to cover a single person cost $4,479, with employees paying $694.

With facts like these any republican, who sat on his hands while prices soared, will have a tough time selling his change of heart to the poor voters of his district, who have either lost their insurance, because they needed to use their own money on themselves, or have continued to pay the increases, and foregone a lot of the trappings that made life so grand during the Clinton years…..

One misses those good times…..