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I am a consumer of the individual insurance market, because my employer does not offer me health insurance. Regence Blue Shield of Oregon has a monopoly on the Blue Shield/Blue Cross market in Clark County, WA (where I live) in Clark County you can not purchase insuance from Premera Blue Cross of WA even though you live in WA state. There are very few options for individuals. I am a non-smoker and have just had my rates raised to $396 per month. This is with a $2,500 deductible. This really results in no insurance at all because one can never meet the deductible. The lostest deductible Regence offers is $1,000. Every year they raise rates by outragious amounts and say it's because the cost of health care is going up. This is just an excuse. They fail to mention all the community events Regence spends money on supporting or the salaries of their administration. Soon I will be priced out by high premiums and will become one of America's uninsured.
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