Nancy Clinton got a surprise when she called her health insurance company recently. She was calling to ask about a benefit issue, and she said that as long as she was on the line, the company might as well note her new ZIP code: 80504.
"So, she went in and came back and said, 'Oh, this is going to significantly increase your premium,'" Clinton said Friday...
Clinton's was one of 8,610 northeast Longmont addresses that had their ZIP codes changed to 80504 from 80501 on July 1.
"Our health insurance would go up about $60 a month," Clinton said. "I didn't move, and the hospital didn't move."..
Al DeSarro, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service's Western Region, said he's sympathetic to the residents' plight but there's nothing he can do. "This comes up every now and then," he said, noting that the post office makes 20 to 30 ZIP code changes around the country each year.
Yes, you read that right - the Post Office in Longmont, Colorado made a routine change to zip codes, the kind of change that happens all the time. And yes, the result was that insurance companies are trying to use that change - and that change alone - as a justification for jacking up their policyholders' insurance premiums.
This is the same insurance industry that Washington politicians are going out of their way to tell us "provide a legitimate service," are run by "not bad people" and are therefore worthy of legislative protection and taxpayer handouts.
I love the smell of "democracy" in the morning...it smells like...money.