A bunch of California folks who'd been clinging to insurance by the skin of their teeth, and so hooked up with Blue Cross/Blue Shield (now Anthem Blue Cross) just got big insurance premium hikes up to 39%. I had insurance through them, paying enough in to buy a little house -- and never once got up to the co-pay threshold. Which was $4000 when I parted ways with them. (In fact, the tear point for me was when my insurance -- which I payed out of pocket -- jumped about 75% over the course of a year and a half.)
The school district that I work for and our teacher's union are at an impasse, and Blue Shield is largely at the heart of the matter. As Sacramento has run the economy and the state of education into the ground and our district has no money and medical costs are rising (seemingly logarithmically), all of us teachers are going to face furlough days and cuts in our benefits...or to put it another way, thousands of dollars shaved off our salary per year.