Health care exchange plans expected to increase nearly $900 for SC residents in 2017

The Heath Care Marketplace opens a week before November election.

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A new analysis of health care data by Patient Daily suggests that “silver” plans purchased through the Healthcare.gov marketplace will go up an average of $872 per year in South Carolina for 2017.

“Sadly, the premium increases are no surprise — we have known from the beginning that Obamacare is unsustainable,” South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson told Palmetto Business Daily in an email. “The President’s failed health care takeover has increased costs for families, providers, and the insurance companies.”

Wilson and others voted on the first official repeal of the landmark Affordable Care Act earlier this year, using a special legislative tool known as a reconciliation act. Under the rules of reconciliation, the law only had to pass the House to be sent to the President’s desk. As expected, President Obama vetoed the repeal of the health care legislation named for him, and the House seemingly lacked the supermajority needed to override the veto.

Republicans might use the latest increases to affect a change in the White House this coming November. The latest increases are expected to take effect only a week before Americans hit the voting booth. Both Democratic candidates have pledged their support for sustaining, and extending, Obama’s signature health care reform. Republican have seen this as a possible opening for its presumptive nominee, Donald Trump.

“The lack of stability in the health care market has hurt patients and businesses, destroying jobs,” Wilson said. “We need to repeal and replace Obamacare with a patient-centered solution.”

Critics, however, have argued that the lack of a viable alternative have left many voters resistant to an all-out repeal. Wilson, however, wrote in an op-ed last year about the Empowering Patients First Act, which promised an Obamacare alternative that use “a series of tax credits and deductions” to provide “patient-centered reform.”

“Conservatives have and will continue to offer alternatives to President Obama’s overreaching, liberal policies,” Wilson wrote. “We present alternatives to the ‘Washington-knows-best,’ big government approach by investing in solutions that return authority to the people who know best — local communities and states.”

The analysis estimated Mississippi would see the highest average annual rate increase of $1,445. Though some states would see a decrease, the overall increase average increase was expected to be just over $200 per year.

The numbers reflect similar analysis by Avalere released earlier this week, that showed among nine states — Indiana, Maryland, Maine, New York, Oregon, Virginia, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia— silver plans all expected increases, ranging from five percent to 44 percent over the previous year.

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