Did Kate Brown Praise Obamacare Rate Increases Too?

Wilsonville, OR – As failing Democrat governor goes on national TV touting Obamacare as “very cost-effective” in Oregon, news broke this week that Oregon families can expect double-digit health insurance premium hikes as a result of the failed law. The news comes days after it was reported that Brown’s administration may have dispensed at least tens of millions of dollars to ineligible Medicaid recipients as a result of accommodations made after passing Obamacare.

OHA and Kate BrownThe Associated Press reports:

“Health insurers in Oregon are seeking double-digit price increases for 2018, saying it's because of the sicker-than-expected customers that became eligible under the Affordable Care Act.

The Bulletin newspaper of Bend reports the proposed increases are not quite as steep as they've been in recent years.

Companies are seeking to raise premiums on their individual market policies by between 6.9 percent and 21.8 percent. The prices on those policies went up by an average of 27 percent for 2017 and 23 percent in 2016.

Roughly 218,000 Oregonians are covered under individual market policies, about 5 percent of the state's population. Most people with commercial insurance are covered by employers.”

“While Kate Brown goes on television reciting national Democrat talking points on Obamacare, she continues to ignore the unacceptable burden it has been for the people of Oregon less than a year after the state’s Obamacare co-op, Cover Oregon, collapsed after costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars," stated Oregon GOP Chairman Bill Currier. “Kate Brown’s insistence on putting partisan political loyalty ahead of the needs of Oregon’s people is proof that she must be replaced in November of 2018."

The Oregon Republican Party is the state’s arm of the Republican National Committee. It’s Chairman and officers are dedicated to preserving and advancing Republican principles within the state of Oregon and to improving the lives and livelihoods of Oregon’s working families through economic freedom and equal protection under the law.

Monday 05/22/17–9:00 AM PT
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