Premiums are up in Georgia 106 percent since 2013, and options are dwindling for many on Obamacare’s exchange. Jon Ossoff, running in Tuesday’s special, still supports Obamacare.
Georgia’s special election for ex-Rep. Tom Price’s (R-GA) Sixth Congressional District seat is on Tuesday, and one issue that has flown under the radar is Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff’s support for Obamacare.
Though Ossoff says he would have voted for Obamacare had he been in the House at the time, premiums have gone up under the law as insurance options have dwindled for many exchange customers in Georgia.
“I THINK I WOULD HAVE SUPPORTED IT”
Asked by CNN in April if he would have supported Obamacare, Ossoff said: “I think I would have supported it.”
Catch his full answer here:
Some customers purchasing plans on the individual market, though, are suffering major premium increases under the law. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reported in May that premiums on the individual market are up 106 percent since 2017.
The average monthly premium on the individual market in Georgia was $209 in 2013, and is $431 in 2017.
Even individuals paying up in the more expensive market have less options than they did just last year. In 2016, 19 percent of Georgians had two insurers to pick from on the exchange, and 81 percent had three insurers from which to pick. In 2017, though, 48 percent of Georgians can only choose from one insurer.
Will Ossoff’s support for Obamacare be his undoing in Tuesday’s election? Keep up with NTK Network to find out.
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