No, it's the large insurance providers who are quoting much smaller AND larger increases. I wonder how much extra profit health insurance companies will try to hide in their increases, blaming it on gov't instead.
as you know, i am not a fan of the existence of insurance companies...or rather, the reliance by the population on them. the people did demand that someone else cover their costs, so insurance companies fill that demand. and yes, they are in business to make money, but their profit margin is comparatively small. it should also be remembered that many of these companies are non-profit. that means they can charge cost + what can reasonably be expected (determined by law) to be the future costs. they can't bank a "profit".
enter the government: it now dictates what must be covered and who must be covered. worse, they can no longer turn away people with pre-existing conditions. as a feel good measure, it's great. as a business consideration, it's a disaster. insurance cost depends on the pool buying into the insurance. if it's cheaper for people not to buy insurance and pay the fine, then get insurance when they get sick, you have fewer healthy people paying into the system and more sick people taking out.
so, more covered, more "free" stuff, no control over pool of payers, and you are surprised that cost might go up? add to that, small businesses are dumping their insurance programs and people will end up on the federal exchanges...which are tax dollar supported, so guess what goes up next?
i know you are struggling to defend this, but it's pretty much indefensible...except in one way: we know that single payer has been the leftist plan forever. we know they are not stupid. knowing those two things, the only logical conclusion is that this was designed to fail so that single payer is the rescue option.
this will be such a mess that they are banking on people accepting single payer as a rescue.