Like a rapidly spreading brushfire,  stories are coming out of all parts of the country about families who already had insurance their premiums skyrocket due to Obamacare.

They're across America, and even locally in the Mid-Columbia.   Fox News reports about the Mangione Family of  Louisville, Kentucky, who saw their premiums (month cost) of insurance go from $333 a month to $965.

 According to Fox News political reporter Jim Angle, the insurer, Humana, told the family the cost increase was so the company, and plan, would be in compliance with Obamacare.

Angle says families who purchase a high deductible-low premium policy because it's more affordable are among those being hit the hardest.  Humana reportedly said in a letter to the family, and other policy holders:

 "Increases aren't based on your individual claims or changes in health status. Many other factors go in to your premium including: ACA compliance, including the addition of new essential health benefits."

The addition of new essential health benefits, whether the client wants them or not, are being required by the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.   Robert Zirkelback of the American Health Insurance Plans Group,  says:


"for people who currently choose to purchase a high deductible, low premium policy that's more affordable for them, they are now being required to add all these new benefits to their policy." (bold lettering added for emphasis).

And it isn't just in a distant state either.  My wife has a close friend who told her last week she received a similar letter from her insurance company informing her of a huge premium jump.  This friend, while wishing to remain anonymous, works here in Tri-Cities, and her family is now faced with having to find ways to budget for an unexpected cost they cannot afford.