With the Senate still wrangling over their sell-out version of
health "reform," Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maine is already
proposing a whopping 23 percent rate increase
- even as they await a judge's ruling on an earlier increase request,
despite profits posted by their parent company of almost $3.4 billion.
Meanwhile, between 2000 and 2007, Maine's premiums rose 90 percent, its
wages rose less than 17 percent, and its senators Snowe and Collins
enjoyed taxpayer-funded coverage - which didn't stop them from opposing
the public option.
"The question is, do these people have any shame at all?" - Greg
Howard of the advocacy group Maine Change That Works.