Montana Senator Steve Daines Blasts Price Increases For Obamacare [WATCH]
On Thursday, Senator Steve Daines took to the Senate floor to blast the rising costs of Obamacare in Montana, as insurers across the state have asked for double-digit increases in premiums for 2016.
Daines recalled the number one lie chosen for 2013, that 'If you like your health plan you can keep it, or if you like your doctor, you can keep him'.
“Look no further than Montana, where it is evident that health care premiums aren’t as affordable as President Obama promised they would be,” Daines said. “Policies sold through Obamacare exchanges are becoming even more expensive. In Montana, according to fillings with the Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance…insurers across the board are asking for double-digit increases for 2016 policies.”
Daines decried the increasing costs of a health system that he said most Montanans and most Americans didn't want in the first place.
“Blue Cross Blue Shield,Montana’s largest insurer that boasts 255,000 consumers in the state, is asking for an average increase of 23% for Montanans enrolled in individual plans,” he said. “Increased premiums make it harder for Montanans to have access to affordable healthcare. It’s money that’s no longer in the pocket of Montanans.”
Health insurance companies say the costs of insuring Montanans have been much higher than what had been estimated when the online exchanges were launched in 2013.