Talk about mixed feelings: Cited by Ron Johnson in U.S. Senate hearings


Earlier today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (not sure why those two are lumped into a single committee, but whatever) held hearings on The State of Health Insurance Marketplaces.

Towards the end of the hearing (they were grilling several state insurance commissioners), Republican Senator Ron Johnson ended up quoting my "25-26% average rate hike" estimate for 2017, noting that this is significantly higher than the 12-13% average I (accurately) projected last year.

Needless to say, I have mixed feelings about this.

On the one hand, I'm glad that my estimates are considered trustworthy enough to be used in U.S. Senate hearings (this is actually the second time I know of that this has happened, although the first time I was cited by a witness, not a Senator). On the other hand, did it have to be Ron Johnson who utilized my work??

Gah. I need to go take a shower now.