The battle over the Affordable Care Act has come to Ohio.
On Thursday, the state’s Republican lieutenant governor, Mary Taylor, announced that customers will pay 41% more for individual health insurance coverage next year because of the law.
Taylor’s announcement followed announcements from other states, such as New York, that the law would cause major rate reductions.
Supporters of the law criticize the assumptions many Republicans have used to project cost increases. The regulators don’t account for subsidies that many people buying on exchange can receive, and they do not break down the average prices based on the levels of coverage people will be able to buy.
The Department of Health and Human Services has pushed back against Taylor’s claim. “We are consistently seeing in states across the country that premiums are lower than expected and we are confident that Ohio’s premiums will be affordable,” said HHS spokeswoman Joanne Peters.
Ohio has twelve insurers applying to sell on its exchange, making the state one of the country’s most competitive insurance marketplaces.
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