Tennessee’s largest health insurer, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, was approved for a 62 percent increase in individual rates for next year, while Cigna and Humana were approved for 46.3 percent and 44.3 percent, respectively.
Proponents of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “ObamaCare,” have praised the program for encouraging people to obtain insurance, which can be subsidized, while opponents have cited increases such as these as evidence that ObamaCare is faulty.
The Temptations song “Ain’t too Proud too Beg” was played at a press conference earlier today, before insurance company representatives made the announcement.
“Crowdsourcing platforms such as GoFundMe have made it easy and socially acceptable to essentially beg,” said Lester Gileadd, an insurance industry representative. “We’ve all decided to automatically create these GoFundMe fundraising campaigns for our individual policy holders, ’cause after these upcoming price hikes, you’re going to need every penny.”
“The best thing to do is to just try not to get sick, y’all,” said Gileadd.
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