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Obamacare in 2016: A Timeline of How President Obama’s Health Law Has Failed the American People

December 14, 2016

Since Obamacare was signed into law in March 2010, our nation’s Washington-knows-best health care system has continued to hurt more Americans than it has helped. From dwindling choices to skyrocketing costs, for over six years we have seen one Obamacare failure after the next. Here is a look at how national news outlets have captured the failure this year alone:

New York Times: “A central tenet of the federal health law was to offer a range of affordable health plans through competition among private insurers. But a wave of insurer failures and the recent decision by several of the largest companies, including Aetna, to exit markets are leaving large portions of the country with functional monopolies for next year.” Obamacare options? In many parts of country, only one insurer will remain, August 19, 2016

Wall Street Journal: “Under intense pressure to curb costs that have led to losses on the Affordable Care Act exchanges, insurers are accelerating their move toward plans that offer limited choices of doctors and hospitals.” Insurers move to limit options in health-care exchange plans, August 31, 2016

Washington Post: The steep increase in rates serves broadly to confirm what has become evident piecemeal in recent months: Prompted by a burden of unexpectedly sick Affordable Care Act customers, some insurers are dropping out while many remaining companies are struggling to cover their costs.” – Average premiums for popular ACA plans rising 25 percent, October 24, 2016

USA Today: “As open enrollment starts Tuesday on the Affordable Care Act exchanges, consumers in some parts of the country are bracing for huge rate hikes, while many others are preparing to change insurers and likely doctors.”Rate hikes, new doctors: Obamacare exchanges open to angst, November 1, 2016

As local news headlines highlight, these failures are affecting families across the entire country. In 2016 alone, here’s how Obamacare has hurt people in Ways and Means Committee Members’ home states:


New York: $200 million tax hike possible after health co-op collapse, Albany Times Union, January 6, 2016

Oregon: State forces tight controls on Moda, citing insurer’s weakened financial condition, The Oregonian, January 28, 2016


North Carolina: Thousands in NC may be forced to find new health insurance, WSOC Charlotte, February 15, 2016


California: Some Blue Shield, Kaiser members get faulty Obamacare tax forms, San Francisco Chronicle, March 25, 2016


Texas: UnitedHealth pulling exchange plans from Texas, Houston Chronicle, April 19, 2016


Indiana: UnitedHealth to exit Indiana next year for Obamacare policies, Indianapolis Business Journal, May 16, 2016

Massachusetts: Thousands of small business employees to see double-digit health insurance increases, Boston Business Journal, May 23, 2016

Ohio: Ohio shutting down state’s Obamacare nonprofit co-op InHealth – claims paced $3M per week, Columbus Business First, May 26, 2016


Wisconsin: UnitedHealth confirms exit from Wisconsin Obamacare market, Milwaukee Business Journal, June 2, 2016

Louisiana: Louisiana insurers among those seeking Obamacare rate hikes, The Times-Picayune, June 6, 2016


Connecticut: Nonprofit Obamacare insurer in Connecticut going out of business, Hartford Courant, July 5, 2016

Illinois: Illinois moves to shut down failing health insurance co-op, Chicago Sun-Times, July 12, 2016


Georgia: Obamacare insurance to jump by double digits in Georgia next year, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 24, 2016


Florida: Florida’s Obamacare premiums to rise average 19 percent in 2017, state says, Miami Herald, September 2, 2016

Minnesota: Minnesota health insurers propose big premium hikes for individual plans, Minneapolis Star Tribune, September 2, 2016

New Jersey: Another N.J. insurance company drops out of Obamacare,, September 12, 2016

Nebraska: With Blue Cross’ exit, Nebraskans can expect even higher health premiums through Obamacare, Omaha World-Herald, September 27, 2016

Tennessee: BCBST’s exit from 3 Obamacare markets sends shock waves, The Tennessean, September 27, 2016


South Carolina: Lone firm to sell Obamacare in S.C. BlueCross BlueShield to be last option next year as cost of health plans soars, The Post and Courier, October 3, 2016

Michigan: Obamacare rates to jump 16.7% in Michigan despite state scrutiny, Detroit Free Press, October 17, 2016

Pennsylvania: Without Aetna and United Healthcare, Philly area faces hefty increases for Affordable Care Act rates, Philadelphia Inquirer, October 17, 2016

Kansas: Health insurance rates continue upward trend, The Wichita Eagle, October 21, 2016

Washington: Washington health insurers approved for rate hikes as high as 25 percent for 2017, Puget Sound Business Journal, October 26, 2016

Missouri: Affordable Care Act health insurance will be costlier in KC area in 2017, The Kansas City Star, October 31, 2016


South Dakota: South Dakotans brace for higher ACA premiums, Argus Leader, November 4, 2016

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