ObamaCare Open Enrollment Brings Price Hikes, Bureaucracy to PA
HARRISBURG — 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 Pennsylvania. 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 treament better-connected groups have received.
AFP-PA State Director Jennifer Stefano released the following statement marking the unpleasant October 1 milestone:
“Pennsylvanians will get their first taste of the cost of living under ObamaCare today. Imagine if a gallon of milk rose in price from $4 to almost $7 overnight? That’s what we’re looking at in our health insurance marketplace in Pennsylvania. And subsidies or not, someone has to pay for these higher costs.”
As they shop around the in the exchange, Pennsylvania women in their forties will notice a nearly 20 percent hike in premiums; men young and old will notice premiums are an average of more than 60 percent higher [Forbes, 9/25/13].
“Supporters of this law will argue that these hikes don’t matter because they’ll be covered by federal subsidies,” Stefano continued. “Nothing could be further from the truth. Someone has to pick up the tab for driving health care costs through the roof; and that someone is, as usual, the federal taxpayer. It’s time for all of us to get the same exemptions that special interests and friends of this administration are enjoying.”
Americans for Prosperity’s Pennsylvania chapter has been active in the fight against ObamaCare, with its activists continuing to vehemently oppose an expansion of Medicaid under the law without significant reforms. Currently, activists are signing a petition at justexempt.me to ask the President for the same exemption countless other connected groups have received.