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New Report Shows Lower Than Expected Affordable Care Act Premiums for Louisiana

GOP Efforts to Repeal Would Hurt Economy and Raise Average Rates

BATON ROUGE — As Republicans continue to march the country toward a government shutdown and a default on our obligations in an effort to defund the Affordable Care Act, the Louisiana Democratic Party touted new data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services showing that Obamacare is working and will cost consumers less than anticipated.

“The new report found that health care rates in Louisiana are affordable, especially with new subsidies that will be available for around half of Americans buying their health insurance,” said Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson. “The report found that right here in Louisiana, a 27-year-old making $25,000 a year would have access to insurance plans as low as $71 per month, and a family of four making $50,000 could only pay $15. Obamacare is working, and Republicans in Washington are doing everything in their power to take it away, even if it means hurting our economy by shutting down the government and not paying our nation’s bills.”

The report found that in addition to lower premiums, in Louisiana, consumers will be able to choose from an average of 40 plans, so they can pick the one that works best for them and their family. The Affordable Care Act gives Louisianians access to quality, affordable coverage with no lifetime caps on care, ends discrimination due to pre-existing conditions, bars insurers from charging women more and so much more. In contrast, the House of Representatives last week passed a bill with the support of Steve Scalise and John Fleming to demand a shutdown of the government unless Obamacare was defunded and all those hard-fought provisions were removed.

To view the report with a breakdown of how the Affordable Care Act is helping Louisianians, click here.