What was it all the useful idiots were telling us about costs...? CT approves rate hikes to cover ObamaCare mandates POSTED AT 12:30 PM ON SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 BY ED MORRISSEY The big question here will be whether Kathleen Sebelius herself will travel to Connecticut to smite the insurers personally, or the state government that approved rate hikes of up to 20% to cover the new mandates in ObamaCare. These rate hike requests wonât be the last, either: This comes as a great shock to all of those business experts on the Left that kept insisting that additional mandates meant lower costs. To the rest of us, however, who actually understand risk pools and the difference between price and costs, itâs exactly what we predicted for over a year. Jim Vicevich notes that Attorney General and Senate candidate Dick Blumenthal blasted the insurance companies without knowing any of the facts: Linda McMahon should jump all over this as an example of just how misguided ObamaCare was, and how clueless its advocates still are.