Single Provider: 5 States Will Have Only 1 Obamacare Insurance Provider

Terence P. Jeffrey | October 25, 2016 | 9:43am EDT
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President Obama speaking about health care in the Rose Garden, July 21, 2009. (Screen capture)

( Five states—Alabama, Alaska, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Wyoming—will have only one insurance company offering plans through the Obamacare health insurance exchange in 2017, according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

“In states that use, the average number of insurers participating in the marketplace will be 3.9 in 2017 (down from 5.4 companies per state in 2016, 5.9 in 2015 and 4.5 in 2014),” said KFF.

“Marketplace insurer participation in states using in 2017 ranges from 1 company in Alabama, Alaska, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Wyoming, to 15 companies in Wisconsin,” said KFF.

“As a result of losses in this market, some insurers like UnitedHealth and Aetna have announced their withdrawal from the ACA [Affordable Care Act] marketplaces or the individual market in some states,” said the KFF.

In addition to the five states that will have only 1 insurance company offering plans through the Obamacare exchange, nine states will have only two insurance companies offering plans through the Obamacare exchanges. These are: Arizona, Delaware, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Dakota, West Virginia.

On July 21, 2009, President Obama gave a speech in the White House Rose Garden stating that all versions of the health-care reform bill then working their way through Congress reflected "a hard-earned consensus" and featured what he called “substantial common ground.” This included that they would “promote choice” and that people would be able to keep their then-current plan if they liked it.

“I know that there is a tendency in Washington to accentuate the differences instead of underscoring common ground,” Obama said. “But make no mistake:  We are closer than ever before to the reform that the American people need, and we're going to get the job done.  I have urged Congress to act, and the health care reform bills making their way through the respective committees in the House and the Senate reflect a hard-earned consensus about how to move forward.  So let me just lay out the substantial common ground in the current bills.
“We've agreed that our health reform bill will extend coverage and include unprecedented insurance protections for the American people,” Obama said. “Under each of these bills, you won't be denied coverage if you've got a preexisting medical condition.  You won't lose your health care if you change jobs, if you lose your job, or if you start a business.  And you won't lose your insurance if you get sick.

“We've agreed that our health-reform bill will promote choice,” said Obama. “Americans will be able to compare the price and quality of different plans and pick the plan that they want. If you like your current plan, you will be able to keep it. Let me repeat that: If you like your plan, you will be able to keep it.”

At a Nov. 14, 2013 press conference, Obama said that his claim that his health care reform bill would allow people to keep their health care plans “ended up not being accurate.”

“With respect to the pledge I made that if you like your plan you can keep it, I think--you know, and I've said in interviews--that there is no doubt that the way I put that forward unequivocally ended up not being accurate,” said Obama. “It was not because of my intention not to deliver on that commitment and that promise. We put a grandfather clause into the law but it was insufficient.”

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