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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s insurance commissioner is clearing the state’s largest health insurer to raise premiums by between 16 percent and 24 percent on policies that would have been canceled for failing to meet minimum requirements required by the new federal law.

Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin said Tuesday his office approved the rate increases requested by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. The decision means people who had one of the nearly 152,000 cancelled policies can keep them next year at the higher cost.

An agency spokeswoman says Blue Cross is the only one of 21 insurers who have cancelled policies to move to extend plans.

A spokeswoman for the next two largest health insurers – Aetna and its subsidiary Coventry Health – declined to comment Tuesday.

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  • Guest: tax payer

    My son has been trying to sign up for weeks for insurance. He spent the last two days trying to get on the web site. He never could, this is after the President is out there telling everyone how much better it is…Not so. He finally gave up and called an insurance company and they quoted him $235 a month with a $6000 deductable before they would even pay a dime on a doctor’s visit. He makes $8.50 an hour. There is no way he can pay these premiums. I keep hearing people say all the Republicans want to do is repeal Obamacare, well….I hope they do!! Why would anyone support this crap and think this is okay!!

  • LifeIsABeach

    We are no better off.

    It Sucked before Obama Care and It Sucks now.

    The insurance companies win before and after.

    This is all a diversion.

    Do you think a $95 penalty is going to force people to buy health insurance that is….



    Costs as much as a monthly mortgage payment which is flushed down the
    toilet if I stay healthy and still has….

    High Deductibles

    High Co-pays

    Numerous Limitations and Exclusions (maybe Obama Care helped here)


    Anyone who reads knows…

    The hyper complexity of our Healthcare Billing adds to increased costs

    In addition to The Jacked up Healthcare costs by Healthcare Providers.

    Anybody that seriously thinks we were better off before Obamacare

    or now WITH Obamacare IS……

    Seriously Deluded and Brainwashed

    We seriously need REAL healthcare reform and Obamacare does not even come close.

  • beach guy

    Anyone that believes the Administration did not know exactly what was going to happen when this travesty of a law was shoved down our throats by the democrats is a fool.
    And in being a Fool you are exactly the kind of Tool that this government is going to use to circumvent the constitution and turn this republic into the socialist party run country that we are quickly becoming. He has already has the banks and anyone from any industry scared to death of him they do exactly what he tells them or they will be called to the hill and chastised by Obama the all mighty.

    Stalin had a name for persons that buy into this type of campaign of lies and misdirection he called them useful idiots.

    So now the useful idiots attack and name call anyone who voices dissent against the party the are called racists and tea baggers and all types of foul things for the simple act of voicing their opinion we are ridiculed and reviled by our own neighbors. what is wrong with you people? Is there so much hate in your heart for anyone that does not agree with the party line that you must attack them?

    How can a president change a law that was passed by congress by giving a speech? The changing of a law from the podium was not and is not legal in this country. I will tell where it is legal, that is Venezuela so I guess we need to start calling Obama Hugo and just let it go on the way it is so anytime he wants to dictate policy or law all he has to do is read a teleprompter we do not have a president we have a dictator.
    And all you fools that voted for him and support him need to remember that when he is out of office in three years this isn’t going to last forever so you may want to back peddle on the commentary a little bit.
    The next thing they will want to debate is doing away with presidential term limits, if they do you will then know exactly what is going on, the theft of a nation, and maybe the useful idiots will wake up from their Obama induced comas and actually see the destruction that has happened before our very eyes.
    They are trying to steal a republic and turn it into what they believe is a just society that places government control on every aspect of your life, this never works because once you cede power to the government you never get it back because absolute power corrupts absolutely

  • guestthug

    That big insurance money = McCrory campaign support.

    No Medicare expansion, no exchanges, all thanks to the NC GOP and Gov. McCrory. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer and the middle class disappears—Koch Bros and Art Pope.

    Keep blaming Obama when it is the GOP and the insurance industry that are sticking it to you!

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