Alabama Sees Nation’s Highest Premium Spike Under Obamacare
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-Ala.) reacted to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) report revealing that the State of Alabama saw the nation’s highest premium increase since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.
The report shows that health insurance premiums in Alabama increased by an average of 223 percent between 2013 and 2017 due to regulations imposed by Obamacare, more than double the national average of 105 percent. Roby said the statistics show why Republicans are working to offer Americans relief from the burdensome law.
“The numbers are staggering. Insurance premiums and deductibles have skyrocketed due to the regulations and mandates imposed by Obamacare,” Roby said. “Providers have been forced out of the market, and Alabama consumers now only have one option for health insurance. Problems like these are why I worked to help build support for our three-step plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.”
Earlier this month the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which is the first of a three-phase plan by Republicans in Congress and the Trump Administration to repeal and replace Obamacare. Upon enactment of the AHCA, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price will begin using his authority to unravel the web of Obamacare rules and regulations that drive up patient costs. Finally, Congress will take up legislation to further bring down costs through proposals such as allowing insurance competition across state lines and options for health care portability.