House Republicans Expose 3 Major Fails of Obamacare

Communications • January 13, 2017

Obamacare was the federal government’s best effort to address the challenges in our health care system. And it failed.

“Let’s be clear – Obamacare has failed, and it’s only going to get worse,” said Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), Chair of the House Committee on Budget. “Patients have seen skyrocketing premiums and deductibles, lost access to the doctors they preferred, had fewer coverage options, while others have had their plans cancelled outright.”

This morning, we took to the House floor to share what we’re hearing from people as Obamacare’s top 3 failures:

#1: Premiums have gone up – not down

In most states, premiums have increased by double digits. In some states, like Oklahoma, premiums have gone up by as much as 76 percent.

“In Indiana in 2017, based upon current enrollment, premiums will increase 18.7 percent,” said Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN). “Overall the premiums in Indiana have gone up by 70 percent since the Affordable Care Act was first enacted.”

#2: Instead of lowered costs, health care prices went up.

Not only are Americans paying more just for coverage– the out of pocket costs, deductibles, are so expensive that they effectively don’t have access to care. They can’t afford to see a doctor.

#3: People have few choices

“Instead of competition to drive down costs, one third of counties in the United States only have one ‘choice’ in provider — which is no choice at all,” said Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-WV). Providers are pulling out of the exchanges en masse, citing unsustainable costs because of Obamacare.

How We Got Here

Let’s review how we got here,” said House Republican Conference Vice Chair Doug Collins (R-GA) in his remarks.  “…months of backroom deals, middle of the night last-minute votes, and without giving the American people enough time to even read the bill.

That’s not what Republicans are going to do. …we’re going to do this right: with input from our neighbors, the folks we go to church with, and families in our community. We’re not going to pull the rug out from anybody. We’re listening to the people we represent and what we’re hearing over and over again are the same Obamacare failures.”