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50 States/50 Headlines Underscoring President’s Signature Law is “The Craziest Thing in the World”


10.04.16

#RateShock, Fewer Options, Failures, and Closures Have Come to Define Obamacare


Pick up any newspaper, and the news continues to get worse by the day for Obamacare, and Americans are paying a hefty price. President Obama had been scheduled to take the stage in Tampa Wednesday in an effort to rally support for his beleaguered signature law, but the White House has scrapped the trip in the wake of Bill Clinton’s comments assailing the president’s top legislative achievement. CNN reports, “Bill Clinton criticized Barack Obama ‘s signature policy… calling Obamacare ‘the craziest thing in the world.’”

Open enrollment is days away, but Americans continue to voice their concern and outrage with the failed promises of Obamacare. From more Americans losing coverage, to the CO-OP calamity that has crippled the nation and struggling state exchanges, the health law is getting worse—not better—as the years go by.

Even more troubling is that as the law falters, the administration is resorting to extraordinary measures, even violating the law to sustain Obamacare. Just last week, a new legal opinion was issued by the U.S. government’s nonpartisan watchdog, sounding the alarm that the administration has been illegally diverting billions of dollars in reinsurance payments to insurance companies. The finding echoes other committee concerns about the administration making cost-sharing reduction and basic health program payments without a lawful Congressional appropriation.

With limited choices (and at least four states having only one option), skyrocketing premiums, and former President Clinton’s comments, it’s no surprise that the plug was pulled on the Tampa celebration.

While the White House is blaming Hurricane Matthew for the change in plans, it does not matter because the headlines speak for themselves. All 50 states are suffering the ill effects of Obamacare.

Alabamians foot the bill for ObamaCare’s failure as BCBS gears up for 40% rate hike
Yellow Hammer News, Alabama

Health care falters on the last frontier
The Atlantic, Alaska

Arizona consumers fret as ‘Obamacare’ insurance options dwindle
Arizona Republic, Arizona

Largest U.S. health insurer pulls out of health exchanges in Georgia, Arkansas
Kaiser Health News, Arkansas

California Obamacare rates to rise 13% in 2017, more than three times the increase of last two years
LA Times, California

Rate hikes proposed for 2017 individual Colorado health care plans
Denver Post, Colorado

Connecticut health premiums to rise sharply in 2017
The Westerly Sun, Connecticut

Delaware insurers seek double-digit rate hikes
The News Journal, Delaware

State, feds offer conflicting spins on 2017 Obamacare rates
St. Augustine Record, Florida

Aetna to pull out of Georgia’s Obamacare insurance marketplace
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia

Hawaii abandons troubled state ObamaCare exchange
Fox News, Hawaii

Idaho reveals 2017 health insurance rates: 24 percent higher for individuals
Boise Weekly, Idaho

Harken to exit Illinois Obamacare exchange
Chicago Tribune, Illinois

IU Health Plans quits Obamacare exchange, citing ‘heightened financial uncertainty’
Indianapolis Business Journal, Indiana

UnitedHealth quits Iowa Obamacare marketplace
Des Moines Register, Iowa

Kansas state employee health insurance costs to rise for thousands in 2017
The Topeka Capital-Journal, Kansas

Baptist Health Plan withdraws from Kentucky’s individual insurance market
The Lane Report, Kentucky

Louisiana insurers among those seeking Obamacare rate hikes
The Times-Picayune, Louisiana

Health insurance co-op sues federal government, says it’s owed $22.9 million
Portland Press Herald, Maine

Health insurers seek rate increases in Maryland as United Healthcare quits market
Baltimore Sun, Maryland

Massachusetts insurer sues feds over Obamacare program
Boston Business Journal, Massachusetts

Grand Valley Health Plan getting out of managed care, blames Obamacare
MLive, Michigan

Individual health plan premiums to jump at least 50 percent in Minn.
Star Tribune, Minnesota

Health insurance coverage to thin out for 2017
Mississippi Business Journal, Mississippi

Health insurers seek rate increases as Missouri readies for regulatory authority
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Missouri

Montana health insurers ask for 20-62 percent price increases
Montana Public Radio, Montana

‘This has to stop’: Premium costs climb higher because of high utilization of medical care, fees from Obamacare
World-Herald, Nebraska

Nevada Health CO-OP, now defunct, still causing headaches
Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nevada

Another ACA failure bad idea keeps getting worse
Union Leader, New Hampshire

Health Republic Insurance of New Jersey’s demise exposes flaws of Obamacare
The Record, New Jersey

Presbyterian Health Plan pulls out of ‘Obamacare’ market
Santa Fe New Mexican, New Mexico

ObamaCare rates set to skyrocket for most New Yorkers
New York Post, New York

Blue Cross projects $400M loss in NC on ACA in just two years
The Courier-Tribune, North Carolina

Sanford Health Plan posts $76.5 million loss for 2015
Grand Forks Herald, North Dakota

Obamacare options to shrink for many in Ohio
Chillicothe Gazette, Ohio

Oklahoma Had Highest Price Increases On Federal Insurance Marketplace Last Year
KGOU Public Radio, Oklahoma

‘Cover Oregon’ Cover-Up
U.S. News & World Report, Oregon

Capital BlueCross to offer fewer Obamacare plans next year
LancasterOnline, Pennsylvania

R.I.’s health insurance exchange struggles
Providence Journal, Rhode Island

Health care experts question future of Obamacare marketplace in South Carolina
The Post and Courier, South Carolina

Health Insurance rates could soar in South Dakota
KELO Radio, South Dakota

BCBST’s exit from 3 Obamacare markets sends shock waves
The Tennessean, Tennessee

Obamacare ripples through Texas as health insurers propose steep rate hikes
San Antonio Express-News, Texas

Humana exiting Utah ACA exchange
KTVX TV, ABC, Utah

Vermont health professionals opting out of state health care system
VermontWatchdog.org, Vermont

Why Anthem ObamaCare premiums will soar in Virginia as Humana bolts
Investor’s Business Daily, Virginia

Rate requests way up for 2017 individual health-care plans
The Seattle Times, Washington

Real Reform?: Obamacare shows more is not better in healthcare
The Journal, West Virginia

UnitedHealth confirms exit from Wisconsin Obamacare market
Milwaukee Business Journal, Wisconsin

Choices dwindling for Obamacare customers
CNN, Wyoming

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