Campaign for Liberty has joined a coalition letter to the Department of Health and Human Services requesting the HHS realize the 2017 Obamacare state premiums rates before the currently scheduled release date of November 17.
Since the rates go into effect on January 1, 2017, it is unreasonable to give the American people less then two months to prepare for the new rates, which will likely be substantially higher.
If I were cynical I might think that it is not a coincidence that HHS schedule to release the rates one week after the election (oh wait I am cynical.)
Campaign for Liberty will continue to work to repeal and replace Obamacare with real free-market health care. Please join our efforts.
Here is the text of the letter:
June 9, 2016
The Honorable Sylvia Mathews Burwell
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20201
Dear Secretary Burwell,
We are writing to urge the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to release the official 2017 Affordable Care Act (ACA) state premium rates ahead of November 1 as currently scheduled. Across the country, Americans feel the pressure of increased out-of-pocket costs under the ACA. In 2016, many state exchanges experienced premium rate hikes, the majority of which were in the double digits. Ahead of 2017, consumers deserve to know if this trend will continue and be able to plan accordingly.
Since the implementation of the ACA, out-of-pocket costs have continued to rise. With insurers like UnitedHealth pulling out of many state exchanges, we expect this trend to continue, leading to higher costs and fewer options. These increased costs put a burden on consumers, small businesses, and ultimately the American economy as a whole. If the point of the ACA was to make Americans feel secure by having access to affordable healthcare coverage, it is currently failing. Already, we have seen many insurers filing proposed premiums for ACA plans that contain significant increases for 2017. Currently, requested rate increases for New York range from 6.9 percent to an astonishing 89.1 percent. By withholding the final approved rates until November, HHS is failing to be transparent about information Americans rely on to make informed healthcare decisions.
Two months is simply not enough time for patients and businesses that rely on health insurance to consider their coverage options and plan for yet another increase in their healthcare costs. To keep healthcare affordable and maintain competition in the health insurance market, we need to stop hiding the failures of the ACA and instead begin considering ways to fix this broken policy that is unfairly impacting patients.
David Williams, President
Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Matthew Kandrach, Executive Vice President
60 Plus Association
Phil Kerpen, President
Brent Wm. Gardner, Vice President of Government Affairs
Americans for Prosperity
Grover Norquist, President
Americans for Tax Reform
Norm Singleton, President
Campaign for Liberty
Andrew F. Quinlan, President
Center for Freedom and Prosperity
Jeff Mazzella, President,
Center for Individual Freedom
Thomas Schatz, President
Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
Adam Brandon, President and CEO
Andresen Blom, Executive Director
Grassroot Hawaii Action
Andrew Langer, President
Institute for Liberty
Seton Motley, President
Gregory T. Angelo, President
Log Cabin Republicans
Karen Kerrigan, President and CEO
The Honorable Lamar Alexander
Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
The Honorable Orin Hatch
Chairman, Senate Committee on Finance
The Honorable Fred Upton
Chairman, House Committee on Energy and Commerce