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Example #Infinity Of Obamacare’s Collapse

- June 30, 2017

THIS WEEK, ANOTHER INSURER ANNOUNCED IT WAS FLEEING OBAMACARE IN OHIO

Premier Health Announced It Was Leaving The Ohio Marketplace, Potentially Leaving Individuals In Nine Ohio Counties With Few Options

Yesterday, Insurer Premier Health Announced It Was Leaving The Ohio Obamacare Exchanges. "Premier Health is leaving the Ohio Health Insurance marketplace, citing uncertainty amid national talk of the future of Obamacare. The company announced Thursday that its Premier Health Plan will end its on-exchange plan at the end of 2017. The company has been evaluating its future on the exchange, where it has been a presence for three years. As of this year, it has about 10,000 customers and serves 16 counties in western Ohio." (Tristan Navera, "Premier Health To Exit Ohio Insurance Exchange," Dayton Business Journal , 6/29/17)

The Move Affects People In Nine Counties, Including Butler And Warren. "The Premier Health Plan said Thursday that uncertainty surrounding the future of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, fueled its decision to leave the Ohio exchange as of Jan. 1, 2018. The move affects people in nine counties, including Butler and Warren." (Jessie Balmert, "Another Insurer Leaves Ohio Health Care Exchange," Cincinnati Enquirer , 6/29/17)

Premier's Decision Follows The Decision Of Another Ohio Insurer, Anthem, Just A Few Weeks Ago

"The Move Comes Weeks After Anthem Announced It Would Withdraw. The Decision Left Residents In 20 Counties With No Insurer On Ohio's Exchange For 2018. Premier Health Serves Considerably Fewer Ohioans Than Anthem, But Its Departure Underscores A Troubling Trend In Ohio's Health Care." (Jessie Balmert, "Another Insurer Leaves Ohio Health Care Exchange," Cincinnati Enquirer , 6/29/17)

Earlier This Month, Anthem Announced Its Decision To Exit Ohio's Obamacare Exchange After The Market Had Become "Unsustainable." "Anthem's CEO told CNBC on Thursday it was a 'complicated decision' to pull out of Ohio's Obamacare market, but said the model had become unsustainable." (Michelle Fox, "Anthem CEO: Certain Obamacare Markets Are Not Sustainable," CNBC , 6/15/17)

  • This Decision Comes After The Anthem CEO Previously Declared The Obamacare Markets Are "Not Sustainable." " CEO Joseph Swedish told CNBC the company has repeatedly said that it very carefully evaluated the Obamacare marketplace. 'We've also said that it's possible without the right kinds of changes with respect to funding levels and other regulations associated with the Affordable Care Act that we may have to exit certain markets because those markets are not sustainable,' he said in an interview with 'Closing Bell.'" (Michelle Fox, "Anthem CEO: Certain Obamacare Markets Are Not Sustainable," CNBC , 6/15/17)

Dwindling Insurers Is A Trend In Ohio. In 2015 Ohio Had Fifteen Insurers, But By 2017 Only Had A Total Of Ten Insurers In The Marketplace. (Cynthia Cox and Ashley Semanskee, "Insurer Participation On ACA Marketplaces, 2014-2017," The Kaiser Family Foundation , 6/1/17)

In The Previous Year, Every County In The State Had At Least Four Insurers To Choose From During Open Enrollment. "In the current coverage year, 20 of Ohio's 88 counties have a single insurer selling on the federal insurance exchange, while 27 counties have two insurers. The year before, every county in the state had at least four insurers to choose from during the open enrollment period, according to the Ohio Department of Insurance." (Michael Huson and Earl Rinehart, "11 Insurers File In Ohio To Participate In Obamacare," The Columbus Dispatch , 6/6/17)

  • A Total Of 778,603 Residents Live In These Twenty Counties. ("Annual Estimates Of The Resident Population: April 1, 2010 To July 1, 2016," U.S. Census Bureau, Accessed 6/13/17)

OHIO HAS EXPERIENCED DRASTIC INCREASES IN PREMIUMS UNDER OBAMACARE

In Addition To Insurers Fleeing The State, Ohio Has Been Hit Hard By A Sharp Increase In Premiums Under Obamcare

Healthcare Premiums In Ohio Have Increased 86 Percent Since 2013. ("Individual Market Premium Changes: 2013-2017," Department Of Health And Human Services , 5/23/17)

 

THIS NEWS REPRESENTS A BROKEN PROMISE THAT SEN. SHERROD BROWN MADE TO OHIO

Sen. Brown Said Obamacare Would Lower Premiums And Increase Choices

In 2010, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Said Obamacare Would Reduce The Deficit And Lower Premiums. "This is a historic moment for our country. The health reform bill headed to President Obama's desk will reduce the deficit, ensure that more than 30 million uninsured Americans have access to affordable health coverage, and lower premiums for middle-class families and small businesses." (Press Release, "Sen. Brown Statement On House Passage Of Health Reform Bill," Senator Sherrod Brown, 3/22/10)

In 2011, Brown Said That Obamacare Would Give Consumers More Choices. "This bill, by giving consumers more power, more choices and more confidence to secure the health care they need, it will strengthen our society and strengthen our economy. And it will -- it will make sure that many Americans who are one illness away from bankruptcy won't have to make that determination and fall into that situation in their lives." (Senator Sherrod Brown, Remarks At A News Teleconference On Repeal Of The Affordable Care Act, Washington DC, 1/19/11)

Today, Sen. Brown Opposes Efforts To Replace Obamacare, And Blames Republicans For Obamacare's Problems

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Called The Obamacare Replacement Bill "Heartless" And "Bad For Ohio." "This bill is heartless, it is bad for Ohio, and it will leave real Ohioans struggling to afford care. -SB" (Sen. Sherrod Brown, Twitter Feed , 5/4/17)

  • Sen. Brown Has Attempted To Blame Republicans For Anthem Pulling Out Of Ohio. "'The dangerous game President Trump and Washington politicians are playing just caused 70,000 paying customers in Ohio to lose their insurance and it will continue raising prices for everyone else. It's got to stop,' Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said." (Ginger Christ, "Anthem Leaving Ohio Could Be The Beginning Of Obamacare Exchange Collapse," The Cleveland Plain Dealer , 6/14/17)

 


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