IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AFP: Georgians Deserve ObamaCare Exemption as Prices Soar

October 02, 2013

Subsidies or not, Georgians will still pay extra cost as taxpayers, says state director Galloway.

ATLANTA — Today, October 1, brings the start of open enrollment on the ObamaCare insurance exchanges around the country, and Americans for Prosperity is sounding the alarm as prices begin to soar in Georgia. Hundreds of thousands of grassroots activists around the country have signed the group’s Exempt Me, Too! petition, asking the President for the same special treatment better-connected groups have received.

The director of Americans for Prosperity’s Georgia chapter, Virginia Galloway, released the following statement marking the unpleasant October 1 milestone:
“Well, it’s October 1, and as expected, insurance premiums are headed through the roof for individual policies. When Georgians log onto the ObamaCare exchanges, they’ll be facing premium hikes of nearly 150 percent in many cases. This isn’t health insurance reform; it’s a disaster. While sympathizers of this administration tell us that federal subsidies will take care of this exorbitant costs, they seem to forget where that money comes from: all of us, the taxpayer! Whether or not it’s reflected on our insurance bill, we’re all paying for this train wreck of a law.”

A 40-year old man can expect to see 149 percent higher premiums, on average; a woman of the same age will face a roughly 72 percent increase in costs before subsidies are calculated [Forbes, 9/25/13].

“When Georgia taxpayers see the prices they’ll be charged for their coverage, I expect more of them than ever to begin asking where their ObamaCare exemption is. It’s time the President do us all a favor and exempt the country from this law, not just well-connected groups and allies.”

Hundreds of thousands of Americans for Prosperity’s grassroots activists have already signed the Exempt Me, Too! petition at JustExempt.me, declaring that it’s time for the President to give all Americans an exemption from ObamaCare.

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