Senate committee hearing looks into rising costs of Obamacare.By M.D. Kittle
Excerpt: With health insurance premiums expected to soar once more in the Brave New World of Obamacare, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has scheduled a hearing on the state of state health insurance markets. The hearing, slated for 9 a.m. Central Time Thursday in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, will include testimony from representatives of state insurance commissioner offices. On the list of invited experts is J.P. Wieske, deputy commissioner of the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance and Nick Gerhart, commissioner of the Iowa Insurance Division. Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, who also serves as director of the Ohio Department of Insurance, will testify as well. U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, chairman of the Senate committee, is expected to layout the growing concern Americans are feeling about the affordability of health insurance in the era of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – aka Obamacare – and the volatility the federal health care law has created in the insurance marketplaces.