Media Release by Virginia House Republican Campaign Committee on August 11, 2017
Statement of Speaker Howell on Anthem leaving Virginia individual marketplace
RICHMOND, VA – Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) released the following statement Friday following the announcement that Anthem will no longer offer individual health insurance plans on the marketplace.
Today’s announcement from Anthem is further proof that the markets are collapsing and Obamacare is broken. Anthem now joins two other major insurers exiting the Virginia marketplace for 2018: Aetna and UnitedHealthcare. This will leave fewer than five insurers offering health insurance to Virginians, most of whom will now only get one choice for insurance. This is on top of already double digit premium increases for 2018.
Obamacare needs to be repealed and replaced, that much is clear. Obamacare is hurting more people than it is helping, forcing Americans to buy insurance they don’t like, don’t need, and cannot afford. Now is the time for Congress to come together and figure out a solution that gives much needed relief to hardworking families. If Congress continues to kick the can down the road, it will only exacerbate the problems we currently face.