After Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City announced it will exit the Affordable Care Act exchanges, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) released the following statement:
“Today, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City announced they are pulling out of the Missouri ACA individual exchange by the end of the year. This is a direct result of burdensome Obamacare mandates that made it nearly impossible for insurers to provide affordable plans. Requiring certain benefits from insurers, even if they were unnecessary and unwanted, is just one example of how the law made the health insurance business extremely expensive and in the words of Blue Cross and Blue Shield, “unsustainable.” Obamacare broke the healthcare system, and state by state, the system is collapsing.
This time, Obamacare’s collapse hits home and will personally impact thousands of people across the state. I urge the Senate to pass the American Health Care Act which will remove the burdens that are forcing insurers out of the market. We need to get lower premiums, more insurers and better coverage to Missouri. Now.”
(Turner's take: Vicky Hartzler and her colleagues have had years to fix the problems with the Affordable Care Act. Instead, they demagogued it to play to their base, took one useless vote after another to repeal it, when they had every opportunity to suggest and work toward the things they claim they want.)