The recent announcement of double digit premium hikes (25 percent, to be exact!) for next year continues to prove it. People are paying more for health care than ever before, they are getting less for what they pay, and they’re receiving fewer and fewer options to shop around and find the best plan for them and their families. Here’s what House Republicans are saying about the hikes:
- Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA): “No further proof is needed that Obamacare is an unworkable and unaffordable disaster that should never have been inflicted upon the American people. This is not another partisan issue; this is an emergency.”
- Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN): “In Tennessee this year, Blue Cross came out of the markets in Nashville, Memphis and Knoxville. Premiums are up through Blue [Cross] 62 percent. That’s the increase you’re seeing in the marketplace… People cannot afford to make this purchase.” Rep. Blackburn went on Fox Business to talk about the Affordable Care Act’s failures in her home state of Tennessee.
- And these price hikes are affecting people all over the country. “Unfortunately, this latest price increase is another slap in the face to hardworking New Yorkers that Obamacare has failed time and again. Last year, more than 200,000 New Yorkers were kicked off their health care plans after Health Republic overpromised benefits to its consumers, and left New York taxpayers with the double whammy of having to pay for its $265 million in losses,” says New York Congressman Chris Collins (R-NY).
But more importantly, here’s what House Republicans are saying about our solutions to fix health care in this country:
- Budget Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) explains, “It’s time for a better way to put patients, families, and doctors back in charge of medical decisions. President Obama and Democrats must put their pride and politics aside so that we can start over with a Better Way—a step-by-step plan to give every American access to quality, affordable health care.”
- Says House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), “Working families across America can’t afford to continue paying for President Obama’s mistakes. House Republicans have already outlined a new health care reform initiative, part of the Better Way agenda, to finally deliver the affordable health insurance options the American people were promised.”
- And Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) makes clear that, “In a nation of 323 million people it makes no sense for one federal bureaucracy to dictate every American’s health insurance plan, but that’s exactly what Obamacare does, and it is not working.” Speaker Ryan also discusses how, “there is a better way. Republicans are offering a plan to repeal Obamacare, and replace it with real, patient-centered solutions that fit your needs and your budget. We don’t have to accept this kind of sticker shock.”
The fact of the matter is, we need to have a real conversation about the future of health care in this country, and people need to start acknowledging that the Affordable Care Act is anything but affordable, and it’s not working for the majority of Americans.
We need to re-think how we provide quality and affordable health care for all Americans, which is exactly what House Republicans are doing with our Better Way to Fix Health Care.
Our plan focuses on providing more choices to lower costs, advancing cutting-edge cures and treatments, ensuring that regardless of age, income, medical conditions, or circumstances you won’t be turned away, and working towards a stronger Medicare.
See our full Better Way agenda by visiting better.gop.