Sens. Isakson and Perdue Cite Need for Obamacare Replacement

After an announcement last week that Blue Cross Blue Shield is seeking an average 40.6% increase in its exchange plan rates, U.S. Senators Johnny and David Perdue are calling for a replacement plan that will “give Americans affordable, accessible health care choices.”

According to a joint press release, the increases sought by Blue Cross and other carriers would be “on top of an average 106 percent premium increase for Georgia since 2013, the last year before Obamacare took effect, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”

Sen. Iskason:

“Georgians are already hurting from the effects of Obamacare, and this news is further proof that this law is failing Georgians and all Americans who simply want an affordable health care system that meets their needs. I am eager to get to work on a system that would cover preexisting conditions, provide relief from costly mandates and regulations, and prioritize returning the oversight of individual markets to the states, which can then tailor insurance programs to best benefit their unique populations. It’s past time to bring back private competition, state regulation and authority and see to it that health care in America is accessible and affordable.”

Sen. Perdue:

“In Georgia, 96 out of 159 counties only have one insurance option in the Obamacare exchange and that’s Blue Cross. This rate hike means 60 percent of all Georgians who have Obamacare insurance are likely to see their health care costs increase dramatically next year. This is unmanageable. I have said it all along. Obamacare is collapsing under its own weight. This rate hike is further evidence that free-market solutions are needed now to increase competition, drive down costs, and increase choice in the individual market.”

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