Isakson and Price React to Obamacare Rate Hikes

Senator Johnny Isakson, who serves on the Senate Health committee and 6th District Rep. Tom Price, who chairs the House Budget Committee had little good to say about the rate increases for health plans offered on the healthcare.gov exchanges. For Georgians, the average premium increase will be 32%, with some increases as high as 67.5% The situation is compounded by the fact that only one provider is available in 96 Georgia counties.

In a statement, Isakson said,

I voted against Obamacare because I feared that, contrary to what the president had promised, it would cost too much and cause too many Georgia families to lose the health care they already had. My fears have become a reality after premiums have increased every year to an unaffordable price for many families who were promised exactly the opposite. Unless this fatally flawed law is rolled back, Obamacare will soon become a government-run monopoly and Georgians and all Americans will continue to be without what they were promised: a choice of doctors and health plans, access to quality and affordable care, and accountability and transparency.

In his statement, Rep. Price labeled the Affordable Care Act unaffordable.

Another year, another increase. While President Obama and Democrats have the audacity to tout Obamacare’s ‘success,’ the cold hard facts and figures prove the opposite is true. Every single day Obamacare is making the quality of health care in this country worse and next year alone, benchmark Obamacare premiums are set to increase 25 percent on average for states that use the federal healthcare.gov marketplace.

“The President and Democrats want to throw more tax dollars at the problem and want to pass more laws to prop up Obamacare, but the last thing we need is more government involvement in health care. American patients and taxpayers cannot afford Obamacare and clearly this law was doomed from the start. These latest price hikes prove now more than ever that we must ditch this broken, unaffordable law.

Congressman Price is sponsored the Empowering Patients First Act, and Senator Isakson co-sponsored the Obamacare Tax Relief and Consumer Choice Act and the Protection from Obamacare Monopolies Act.

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gcp

The problem is there is little flexibility for insurance companies in the exchanges. Premiums are the same for healthy and unhealthy individuals thus healthy individuals can wait until they get sick before they get insurance. Coverage is not tailored to individuals. Additionally, health insurance company mergers are either restricted or denied. The Price plan is not perfect but it does offer more flexibility.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

The problems with Obamacare are ones that could be resolved if Republicans and Democrats got off their rears and, you know, actually worked with one another. The problem with “repeal and replace” is that it 1) casts the ACA to the Republican base as a completely unpalatable program and 2) the GOP has failed to introduce a replacement that does all of the things people actually like about the ACA (free preventative care, banning lifetime caps, covering people with pre-existing conditions, etc.) while keeping costs low. Insurance companies are losing money because they didn’t anticipate how many sick people would… Read more »

CoastalCat
CoastalCat

work together
fix problems
negotiate

Do what is best for your constituents, not your party? Not happening with the GOP in charge of Congress.Not with this black president.Not with a woman. Wrong color, wrong sex, wrong party so they sit and do nothing.

Bart
Bart

That’s a load of BS CC. So if a white male president put forth government healthcare, GOPers would disregard all principles to support it?

Maybe we oppose it because it was doomed to failure from the outset because dems needed it to fail so they can push for their orgasmic goal of single payer. Maybe we oppose it because it adds to an already out of control entitlement mentality infecting this country. It doesn’t matter who pushes it, the GOP rightly opposes government destruction of our formerly good healthcare system with hopes of a new direction under President Trump.

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

Its not government healthcare if you are insured by a private sector insurance company. So quit saying that. Its misleading if not a lie. As for real government healthcare (Medicare), you dont see many people calling to do away with that. It just really makes me mad how some in the GOP seem to exclaim with such glee the problems with the ACA yet none lift a finger to help us who need the coverage. Johnny Isakson should be a little more sympathetic. If he didnt have his government insurance and he repealed the ACA he would also be SOL… Read more »

Bart
Bart

So in other words Scot, we should just shut up and hand over our paychecks because people like you are SOL.

It is government healthcare when the government mandates coverage, penalizes those who refuse and operates government exchanges. Sure private companies are on the backend as providers, but not for long if you and your dem cohorts get their way.

Benevolus
Benevolus

For the record (again):
– We are not a 3rd world country
– We can provide health coverage for everyone. We know this because dozens of other countries are already doing it.
– When Reagan signed EMTALA we (wisely) chose to allow emergency coverage for everyone, to help prevent epidemics and stuff.
– However, we didn’t provide a way to pay for it.
– Emergency care is the most expensive way to provide health care.
– ACA is designed to encourage people to seek health care before it becomes an emergency, and pay for that coverage.

Ellynn
Ellynn

So by your logic I have government auto insurance and government professional liability insurance. They are government mandated coverage. I’m penalized (and in some cases sent to jail) if I don’t carry either one.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

It’s interesting that the required auto insurance is in connection with a privilege, and required health insurance concerns what some argue is a right.

Progressive Dem
Progressive Dem

Let’s keep a bit of perspective. The insurance costs will not increase for the vast majority of Americans. These increases are for the 10 million people who buy individual insurance through the Obamacare markets. Many will receive subsidies to mitigate the cost. The benefits of the ACA – widespread coverage, increased preventative medicine and elimination of pre-existing condition limitations – outweigh the problems.

Benevolus
Benevolus

And my insurance was going up by double digits most years before ACA.

augusta52
augusta52

“You could increase the mandate penalty…” Hopefully a GOP Congress will block any such nonsense; if anything, it ought to go. If RobertsCare is such a wonderful idea, then you shouldn’t have to impose any penalties…that will remain one of the most outrageous Supreme Court decisions ever. But I have to admire the Democrats’ willingness to sacrifice the House in 2010 to get it passed…….

Benevolus
Benevolus

This is the same old tired argument. It was Reagan who mandated health CARE. The ACA is mandating a way to pay for it.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

If RobertsCare is such a wonderful idea, then you shouldn’t have to impose any penalties Um, Aug, not sure you’re grasping how health insurance works. All private health insurers (whether they’re providing insurance through an ACA exchange or through your employer) rely on younger, healthier people signing up for insurance. In other words, you need people who just pay premiums and don’t use services in order to make sure there’s enough money to pay for the folks actually needing treatment. The mandate is there to make sure enough young, healthy individuals sign up to join the ACA pools. At this… Read more »