First, the Stick
Amazingly, even as they stumble into understanding of that which is making it hard to breathe in Rhode Island, they continue to tighten the noose:
In an effort to slow down the steep rise of health insurance costs in Rhode Island, Sen. Joshua Miller has introduced legislation that would prohibit health insurers in the state from increasing subscribers’ premiums by more than 10 percent a year.
“Huge increases in premiums are pushing health insurance out of reach for more Rhode Islanders every year. Even people who have good jobs and decent salaries are struggling to pay their share of it, let alone those who aren’t insured through their employers and have to pay the whole cost on their own,” said Senator Miller, a Democrat who represents District 28 in Cranston and Warwick. “Of course insurers have to be able to raise their prices to cover costs, but average Rhode Islanders simply can’t afford the size of some of the increases that have been proposed. There has to be a limit on them.” …
He says those experiences have made him aware of the pressures on the insurance industry, and also of the possible solutions that are available to make rates more reasonable.
“We’ve been examining both sides of this issue, and there are many underlying components that contribute to increased costs for health insurers. There are a wide range of solutions available, but until consensus has been reached within the industry about implementing them, the state should step in with some limits. In fact, these limits may accelerate the implementation of those reforms,” said Senator Miller.
So, the legislator understands that there are “solutions” that we ought to pursue, but in the meantime, he’s just gonna go ahead and continue with the approach that has had such wonderful results in Rhode Island thus far. Do these people think that if they mix a bit of “I know we shouldn’t be so demanding” into their rhetoric, then folks will cease to be concerned about the increasing demands?
(Let whining about “right-wingers on the side of corporations” begin.)