AFP-VA: Hits Keep Coming for Virginians under Obamacare

May 11, 2017 by AFP

Virginia’s Obamacare death spiral worsens

Richmond, VA – Virginia residents can expect their healthcare premiums to rise by an average of 20 percent in 2018, according to initial rate filings with the Virginia Bureau of Insurance. Virginians will also have fewer healthcare options, as Aetna announced last week its decision to exit Virginia’s healthcare marketplace, citing rising costs under Obamacare. Americans for Prosperity-Virginia (AFP-VA) has long predicted that Obamacare would result in higher costs and fewer choices.

“Higher projected premiums and Aetna’s exit from Virginia’s marketplace confirm what we already know – Obamacare is unaffordable for Virginia insurers and residents,” said AFP-VA State Director JC Hernandez. “Obamacare has limited Virginians’ access to high-quality, cost-effective healthcare, and it will only get worse as long as this law remains in place. This is a problem that a band-aid cannot fix. We hope our federal delegation will work to make health care more affordable by freeing Virginians from the top-down regulations and costs of Obamacare.”

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