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."

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