AFP-VA: Obamacare Collapsing in Virginia

Sep 13, 2017 by AFP

Obamacare “big fan” Ralph Northam part of problem, not solution

RICHMOND, VA – While Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam may be a “big fan” of Obamacare, the news on the program continues going from bad to worse.

With the withdrawal of the health insurer Optima from parts of the Virginia market – following Aetna and Anthem earlier this year – some 70,000 Virginians in counties all across the state will find themselves unable to purchase a health insurance policy next year.  Unless another company steps in by September 27, large parts of Virginia could next year be the only areas in the country with no Obamacare insurer (see the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services map here).

Obamacare has been a disaster for Virginia consumers since its inception.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in May issued a report comparing the costs of individual market plans in 2013 to Obamacare exchange plans in 2017.  HHS found that Virginians now pay $405 a month for a plan that cost just $229 in 2013 – that’s over $2,100 more a year!

If the past is any guide, Northam will seek to shift blame from Obamacare supporters like himself to others, as he did when he evaded responsibility for his role in the $1.4 million scam perpetrated on the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.  It is worth noting, however, that back in 2011 in the wake of Obamacare’s passage, Northam sought to soothe nervous Virginians by bragging that he was “in a unique position to help make sure that anything coming from Washington will work for Virginia before we adopt it.”  Maybe it is time Northam was asked to explain his role in this disaster.

Americans for Prosperity-Virginia State Director JC Hernandez issued the following statement:

“This is a crisis for 70,000 Virginians, but it is precisely what Obamacare critics predicted would happen.  All those Obamacare defenders who promised health care premiums would go down $2,500 and promised we’d have more choices have some explaining to do, starting with Ralph Northam.  Given his past statements about his ‘unique position,’ maybe it is time Northam was asked to explain his role in this unfolding disaster.  In any event, the ultimate solution to this problem is to repeal Obamacare and defeat Ralph Northam.”

For further information or an interview, reach Lorenz Isidro at LIsidro@afphq.org or (703) 887-7724. 

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