- October 29, 2016 -

Statement by Congressman Ken Buck on Donald Trump’s Speech in Colorado

“Obamacare has left Coloradans with fewer choices and higher costs in healthcare. We were recently told that insurance premiums will rise by an average of 20% and that one in five consumers will not be able to renew their current plans next year. While Hillary Clinton spends the final days of this campaign answering even more questions about her emails, she has promised to double down the failures of Obamacare. Donald Trump made clear today that he will not only drain the swamp in Washington, but he will also repeal and replace the failed federal takeover of healthcare. On November 8th, let’s send Donald Trump to the White House to get on with the job of Making American Great Again.” - U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO)


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Colorado

Colorado Has Approved Statewide Premium Hikes Of 20.9 Percent For 2017. (“Price Increase Summary – By Market,” Colorado Department Of Regulatory Agencies, Accessed 9/21/16)

  • The Premium Hikes Will Impact About 450,000 Coloradans. “The figures released Tuesday are only for individual health care plans that people buy independently. About 450,000 Coloradans — or 7.7 percent of the state — fall into the category.” (Josh Ingold, “Colorado Health-Insurance Rates To Jump 20 Percent On Average For Individual Buyers In 2017,” The Denver Post, 9/20/16)
  • These Increases Are The Largest In Colorado Since ObamaCare Was Enacted In 2014. “The increases are the largest in Colorado since the 2014 launch of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.” (Josh Ingold, “Colorado Health-Insurance Rates To Jump 20 Percent On Average For Individual Buyers In 2017,” The Denver Post, 9/20/16)
  • “Colorado’s Increases In 2017 Could Be Worse Than Those Nationally.” “But Colorado’s increases in 2017 could be worse than those nationally. An analysis done this summer by the Kaiser Family Foundation looked at potential rate increases in 16 major cities, including Denver, and projected that the average increase of plans in the most popular tier of the Obamacare exchanges would be 9 percent in those cities.” (Josh Ingold, “Colorado Health-Insurance Rates To Jump 20 Percent On Average For Individual Buyers In 2017,” The Denver Post, 9/20/16)
  • Coloradans Found Out They May Be “On The Hook For Historically Large Health Insurance Premium Increases Come Next Year” Due To ObamaCare. “Four years after the Affordable Care Act transformed the health insurance market in Colorado, thousands of Coloradans learned Monday they might very well be on the hook for historically large health insurance premium increases come next year. The Colorado Division of Insurance released its preliminary rate adjustment proposals Monday morning, and the figures are destined to become fodder for politicians who have been sharply critical of Obamacare’s inability to reign in health care costs.” (Chris Vanerveen, “Proposed Health Insurance Rate Increases Released For Colorado,” NBC News, 6/6/16)
  • Coverage Changes Will Impact 92,000 People In Colorado, About 20 Percent Of Residents Who Buy Insurance Through The Individual Market. “The coverage changes among those four companies will impact about 92,000 people statewide, or about 20 percent of the 450,000 who buy insurance through the individual market, which is about 7.7 percent of Coloradans. They’ll need to find new options during open enrollment, which runs from Nov. 1 through Jan. 31, 2017.” (Kevin Simpson, “Rate Hikes Proposed For 2017 Individual Colorado Health Care Plans,” The Denver Post, 6/6/16)
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Was Approved For A 26.8 Percent Average Premium Hike For Individual Plans For 2017, Impacting 29,748 Colorado Residents. (Charles Gaba, “Colorado: *Approved* Avg. 2017 Rate Hikes: 20.4% (Sm. Group: 2.1%),” ACASignups.net, 9/20/16)
  • Cigna Was Approved For A 9.5 Percent Average Premium Hike For Individual Plans For 2017, Impacting 26,933 Colorado Residents. (Charles Gaba, “Colorado: *Approved* Avg. 2017 Rate Hikes: 20.4% (Sm. Group: 2.1%),”ACASignups.net, 9/20/16)
  • Colorado Choice Was Approved For A 32.3 Percent Average Premium Hike For Individual Plans For 2017, Impacting 12,267 Colorado Residents. (Charles Gaba, “Colorado: *Approved* Avg. 2017 Rate Hikes: 20.4% (Sm. Group: 2.1%),”ACASignups.net, 9/20/16)
  • Freedom Life Was Approved For A 9.09 Percent Average Premium Hike For Individual Plans For 2017, Impacting 14 Colorado Residents. (Charles Gaba, “Colorado: *Approved* Avg. 2017 Rate Hikes: 20.4% (Sm. Group: 2.1%),”ACASignups.net, 9/20/16)
  • Golden Rule Was Approved For A 46.2 Percent Average Premium Hike For Individual Plans For 2017, Impacting 3,296 Colorado Residents. (Charles Gaba, “Colorado: *Approved* Avg. 2017 Rate Hikes: 20.4% (Sm. Group: 2.1%),”ACASignups.net, 9/20/16)
  • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Was Approved For A 18 Percent Average Premium Hike For Individual Plans For 2017, Impacting 96,800 Colorado Residents. (Charles Gaba, “Colorado: *Approved* Avg. 2017 Rate Hikes: 20.4% (Sm. Group: 2.1%),” ACASignups.net, 9/20/16)
  • National Foundation Life Was Approved For A 9.09 Percent Average Premium Hike For Individual Plans For 2017, Impacting 14 Colorado Residents. (Charles Gaba, “Colorado: *Approved* Avg. 2017 Rate Hikes: 20.4% (Sm. Group: 2.1%),” ACASignups.net, 9/20/16)
  • Rocky Mountain HMO Was Approved For A 34.9 Percent Average Premium Hike For Individual Plans For 2017, Impacting 2,305 Colorado Residents. (Charles Gaba, “Colorado: *Approved* Avg. 2017 Rate Hikes: 20.4% (Sm. Group: 2.1%),” ACASignups.net, 9/20/16)
  • Rocky Mountain Hospital & Medical Service (Anthem) Was Approved For A 20.6 Percent Average Premium Hike For Individual Plans For 2017. (Charles Gaba, “Colorado: *Approved* Avg. 2017 Rate Hikes: 20.4% (Sm. Group: 2.1%),”ACASignups.net, 9/20/16)