Congressman Robert Pittenger

Representing the 9th District of North Carolina
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Pittenger: 284% premium increases makes Obamacare unaffordable

May 7, 2013
Press Release


CONTACT:  Jamie Bowers, 704-365-6234
May 7, 2013


WASHINGTON – Health insurance premiums for some North Carolina small businesses will increase by 284 percent under Obamacare, according to recent filings by Blue Cross and Blue Shield.  One third of BCBSNC customers who purchase individual policies should also prepare for “unusually large” rate increases.
“What happened to the ‘affordable’ part of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act?” asked Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09).  “With 19 new taxes and fees, and now triple-digit increases for some premiums, it’s obvious this well-intentioned policy has failed in making health care more affordable and needs to be repealed.”
Already, Congressman Pittenger has introduced legislation to repeal the “auto-enroll” provision of the Affordable Care Act, which would force employees to buy insurance they don’t need or can’t afford, reducing their take-home pay.  “Auto-enroll” also unnecessarily increases the cost of doing business for restaurants and retailers, potentially slowing job growth and opportunity.
In January, Congressman Pittenger hosted a non-partisan, educational seminar to help small business owners learn more about the Affordable Care Act.  During the seminar, many small business owners told Congressman Pittenger they planned to put expansion plans on hold, worried that requirements of the Affordable Care Act would drive them out of business.
For more information on the repeal of “Auto-Enroll,” click here.
For more information on the Affordable Care Act seminar, click here.