Along with giving a roundup of the range of initiatives on the ballot in this off-year election, this Dispatch will give special focus to the campaigns against TABOR and defending relationship equality laws.
A story from Maine offers up another reason why we need the choice of a
public health insurance option, and it's a doozy. Anthem Blue Cross
and Blue Shield of Maine, a subsidiary of the insurance giant Wellpoint, is suing the State of Maine
because the insurance commissioner refused to approve its request for a
rate increase of 18.5% for its individual products, which included a
guaranteed 3% profit. Commissioner Mila Koffman found Anthem's request
"excessive" and approved a 10.9% average increase in premiums.