Helena – One year ago today, East Coast developer Matt Rosendale – Montana’s state frauditor and the insurance commissioner – attended a hearing where Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana proposed a 23 percent average insurance rate hike for 2018 because of uncertainty about changes to the health care system.
Blue Cross said if the current health care system stayed intact as it was at the time, the insurance company would have only proposed a 2 percent rate hike for 2018.
At the time, Blue Cross said repealing the requirement to purchase insurance would be one of the most costly changes to insurers – which was indeed eliminated in the tax law that Rosendale supports. Because that provision was eliminated, premiums will rise by nearly 20 percent in Montana.
As Rosendale rubber-stamped the massive rate hikes last year, he was also called out for “playing a political game” with Montanans’ health care.
However, at the hearing, Rosendale “appeared to misunderstand Blue Cross’ explanation for its rate increase,” according to the Associated Press.
Montanans deserve an insurance commissioner who looks out for them, not an incompetent guy like Rosendale who doesn’t understand the basics of insurance rates – his promotion of poor health care policies was recently called “an example of deficient analytical ability.”
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