COLUMBUS—State Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) issued the following statement Tuesday in response to Anthem's decision to leave Ohio's health insurance exchange:

"I am disappointed by Anthem's decision to pull out of Ohio's individual marketplace but certainly not surprised. From its beginning, Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act, has had a chilling effect both on rising premiums and availability of competition.
"Today's decision marks yet another major insurer withdrawing from the exchange. Anthem was the only insurer covering lives statewide and their exit means 66,000 Ohioans will have to seek their health insurance elsewhere. Unfortunately, in 18 counties they represented the only option for citizens on the exchange, affecting nearly 10,500 individuals.
"While many continue to debate the merits—or lack thereof—of Obamacare, clearly the marketplace is far less healthy and competitive than it was even 2 years ago. 
"Today's announcement illustrates why it is so imperative that Congress repeal Obamacare and replace it with a more market-driven solution that will work across Ohio and the entire country."

Featured Posts

PHOTO: Hottinger Meets With Local High School Students To Discuss School Safety On National Walkout Day


COLUMBUS—Ohio State Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) today met with students from Sheridan High School who were participating in the National School Walkout.


Hottinger Named 2017 Public Elected Official Of The Year By Ohio Social Workers


COLUMBUS—The National Association of Social Workers in Ohio recently named State Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) as the 2017 Public Elected Official of the Year. 


Hottinger And Ryan Announce $2.6 Billion State Capital Bill


COLUMBUS—State Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) and State Representative Scott Ryan (R-Granville Township) today announced the introduction of the state's Capital Budget, a $2.62 billion investment in Ohio's infrastructure, highlighting local community projects in Licking County. 


Hottinger Encourages Recent Graduates To Apply For The 2019 LSC Fellowship Program


“I highly recommend the LSC Fellowship Program to anyone who wants to start their career off on the right path," said Senator Hottinger. "The LSC Fellows in my office have worked alongside me in meaningful ways and have gone on to have very successful careers in the public and private sector.”