"The last column I wrote — about how some insurance CEOs are jacking up health premiums while waltzing off with fat year-end bonuses — sure had readers upset with me.
Not for being too hard on the CEOs. For being too soft.
"I don't know where you got the numbers you're reporting, but they're way too low," phoned Anneliese Whitney, 70, of Renton, in a typical call.
Whitney was ticked off that I cited the state insurance commissioner's office as saying health premiums went up on average 6 to 17 percent last year, depending on the plan or company.
"They should come out and look at my plan!" she shouted.
Her supplemental coverage to Medicare from Regence Blue Shield soared from a little more than $98 a month to $195 — a 98 percent boost.
She's hardly alone, I learned."