Griffith Statement on Optima Withdrawal from Obamacare Exchanges in Ninth District

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 | Kevin Baird (202-225-3861)

Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) released the following statement regarding Optima Health’s decision not to participate in the Obamacare individual insurance exchange in the markets of the Ninth Congressional District, leaving residents of the Ninth without any expected options on the exchange for 2018:

“This is the collapse of Obamacare I have spoken of for years. Obamacare was built much like a house of cards, and we are now seeing its fall.

“The House of Representatives bill to repeal and replace Obamacare would have stabilized the individual insurance market, but because the Senate has failed to do anything, I believe we must fund Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) subsidies, even though these subsidies were not lawfully funded under the last Administration. This step will help stabilize markets and encourage insurers to remain in the market.

“I will continue to do all I can to ensure that health insurance can be acquired by all Americans. I am ready to work across the aisle in Washington, DC, and with the Governor and Legislature of Virginia to achieve this goal.”

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