COLUMBUS—Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) issued the following statement today regarding Anthem's decision to leave Ohio's health insurance exchange:

"I am disappointed, but not surprised, that Obamacare continues to hurt people across Ohio. The mandates in the misnamed 'Affordable Care Act' have driven up premiums in Ohio by more than 90 percent and are pushing providers out of the marketplace.

"According to the Ohio Department of Insurance, the number of providers on the exchanges has fallen from 17 to 10, and the total number of providers selling insurance products across the state has dropped from around 60 to less than 40 today. At least 18 counties are left today with no providers selling on their local exchanges.

"Obamacare's rules and overregulation are placing a heavy burden on the people of our state. That is why I sponsored a provision in state law requiring the Ohio Department of Insurance to request a waiver of these onerous federal rules. It is my hope that the Trump Administration grants that waiver once it is filed.

"More fundamentally, it is long past time to repeal the ACA and replace it with policies that respect individual liberty and achieve both quality and affordability through free market competition."

Consumers with questions should contact the Ohio Department of Insurance at 1-800-686-1526.

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