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  • Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

    by Representative Joe Courtney

    Posted on 2015-02-03

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    COURTNEY. Mr. Speaker, almost exactly a year ago, the Republican majority held a retreat where other Members met and they set their agenda for 2014. After that retreat, the leadership issued a statement promising, with a solemn promise, that the House Republicans will rally around and pass an alternative to ObamaCare this year.



    That is about 4 years after the law passed, but at least you can give them some credit that they were going to move forward in 2014 with an alternative to the Affordable Care Act.

    That was last winter, and winter turned to spring, spring turned to summer, summer turned to fall, fall turned to winter, and we never had a vote in the House on the alternative, the promised alternative to ObamaCare.

    Maybe the committees took action, the committees that this proposed bill is lateraling this issue off to. Did we have a committee vote on Education and the Workforce, Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce? No. Did we have hearings on an alternative that was promised by the majority caucus a year ago on an alternative to the Affordable Care Act? No, no hearings, no markup, no vote, no bill.

    Here we are today with the majority once again throwing out a promise: Trust us. In 180 days, we will have an alternative to the Affordable Care Act.

    Well, Mr. Speaker, unfortunately, in the last year, millions of Americans have moved on. Parents are insuring their kids through the Affordable Care Act up to age 26.

    There are Members in the majority who take advantage of that very provision to provide coverage for their children under the Affordable Care Act that they seek to repeal here today.

    Millions of seniors see their prescription drug costs cut because of the Affordable Care Act because of the leftover of the Republican prescription drug bill which led this outrageous doughnut hole that threw 100 percent of the cost of medications to seniors who were paying monthly premiums.

    Yes, we saw the startup of exchanges, both at the State level--like my State in the State of Connecticut--and the Federal exchange, which have enrolled millions of Americans in affordable plans.

    This year, the Affordable Care Act in Connecticut, we had submissions by the insurance companies to participate in 2015. Did we see reduced competition? Did we see less of a free marketplace? No, we saw more competition. We have more insurers who are offering the product through the exchange in 2015 than in 2014.

    Did we see rates go up? Mr. Speaker, I am going to enter into the Record a record from the Connecticut State Insurance Department which shows that rates went down--down--for individual plans and for small group market plans.

    State of Connecticut Insurance Department 2014 Connecticut Insurance Rate Filings For On/Off Exchange 2015 Policies Individual Market Requested and Approved Changes Aetna Life Insurance Co.: --Requested Change: 9.4% --Approved Change: 4.60% --Effective 1/1/2015 Celtic Insurance Company: --Requested Change: 0.00% --Approved Change: -6.50% --Effective 1/1/2015 ConnectiCare Benefits, Inc.: --Requested Change: 12.8% --Approved Change: 3.10% --Effective 1/1/2015 ConnectiCare Inc.: --Requested Change: -21.50% --Approved Change: -21.50% --Effective 1/1/2015 ConnectiCare Insurance Co.: --Requested Change: 1.40% --Approved Change: 1.30% --Effective 1/1/2015 UnitedHealthcare Ins. Co.: --Requested Change: 0.00% --Approved Change: -9.30% --Effective 1/1/2015 Golden Rule Insurance Co.: --Requested Change: 0.00% --Approved Change: -6.91% --Effective 1/1/2015 HealthyCT, Inc: --Requested Change: -8.60% --Approved Change: -8.50% --Effective 1/1/2015 Time Insurance Company: --Requested Change: 25.00% --Approved Change: 6.00% --Effective 1/1/2015 Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company: --Requested Change: 15.23% --Approved Change: 8.82% --Effective 1/1/2015 Anthem Health Plans: --Requested Change: 12.5%, --Approved Change: -0.10% --Effective 1/1/2015 UnitedHealthcare Life Insurance Company: --Requested Change: 0.00% --Approved Change: -9.20% --Effective 1/1/2015 Average Requested Change: 3.85% Average Approved Change: -3.18% Estimated savings for consumers in Individual Market: $79,099,427 Small Group Market Requested and Approved Changes Aetna Life Insurance Co.: --Requested Change: 5.90% --Approved Change: 5.90% --Effective 1/1/2015 Anthem Health Plans: --Requested Change: 6.00% --Approved Change: 4.40% --Effective 1/1/2015 HealthyCT, Inc*: --Requested Change: -13.40% --Approved Change: -13.40% --Effective 1/1/2015 UnitedHealthcare Ins. Co.*: --Requested Change: 2.50% --Approved Change: 2.50% --Effective 1/1/2015 ConnectiCare Inc.: --Requested Change: -1.40% --Approved Change: -5.00% --Effective 1/1/2015 ConnectiCare Insurance Co.*: --Requested Change: 7.00% --Approved Change: 7.00% --Effective 1/1/2015 Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare of CT: --Requested Change: 2.80% --Approved Change: -12.00%, --Effective 1/1/2015 HPHC Insurance Co.*: --Requested Change: -3.40% --Approved Change: -9.40% --Effective 1/1/2015 Oxford Health Insurance*: --Requested Change: 10.20% --Approved Change: 10.20% --Effective 1/1/2015 Oxford Health Plans (CT): --Requested Change: 10.20% --Approved Change: 9.00% --Effective 1/1/2015 Average Requested Change: 2.64% Average Approved Change: 0.08% *CID has review authority but not approval authority over these filings Estimated savings for consumers in Small Group Market: $9,448,203 Estimated savings for combined Individual & Small Group Markets: $88,547,630 Mr. COURTNEY. The fact of the matter is that this marketplace, which now has more carriers, is now providing lower rates, saving close to $90 million from last year's rates than the year before.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore (Mr. Hultgren). The time of the gentleman has expired.

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