09.20.16

Gardner Statement on Obamacare Premium Increases in Colorado

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement on the Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI) final premium increases for 2017 insurance plans. According to DOI, premiums for the individual market will increase by 20.4% on average in 2017.

In May, UnitedHealthcare and Humana announced they will not offer individual plans in 2017, impacting approximately 20,000 Coloradans. In June, the Colorado DOI announced approximately 92,000 people with individual plans from UnitedHealthcare, Humana, Rocky Mountain Health Plans (RMHP), and Anthem will be forced to find new plans for 2017. 

“Once again, Coloradans will be faced with skyrocketing premium increases thanks to a law that was sold to them on the premise of affordability, choice, and access to care,” said Gardner. “President Obama repeatedly told the American people that ‘if you like your plan, you can keep it’ and stated the average family of four would pay $2,500 less annually by the end of his first term under his signature health care law. Now, these broken promises are having a dramatic effect on hardworking families in Colorado and throughout the country. Today’s news is devastating for the thousands of Coloradans who now may face difficult choices. 

“It’s critical that we work together toward real solutions that address the unintended consequences of the President’s health care laws and the negative, visible impact it’s having on individuals, families, and small businesses. I’ll continue to fight for an approach that aims to deliver real health care reform by controlling costs and protecting the doctor-patient relationship.”

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.

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