*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
*Lee Reacts to Failure of Utah’s Obamacare Co-op*
WASHINGTON – Today, Sen. Mike Lee (R–UT) released the following statement
regarding recent reports that more than 50,000 Utahns will lose their
health insurance thanks to the closing of Utah’s Obamacare cooperative
Arches Health Plan.
“The collapse of Arches Health Plan will have a devastating effect on tens
of thousands of Utah families who deserve better than the limited options
available on the Obamacare exchanges,” Sen. Lee said.
In 20 Utah counties, Arches’ departure leaves consumers with just one
insurer offering plans on the exchange for 2016. Arches is the 10th Obamacare
cooperative to shut down this year and the Department of Health and Human
Services admitted earlier this month that total Obamacare enrollment for
2016 would be essentially flat, providing health insurance for less than
half of the 21 million people they claimed the law would cover.
“It is long past time for the President to admit that his signature
domestic policy initiative has fallen far short of the promises he made
when trying to pass it,” Lee continued. “Utah was a leader in health-care
innovation before this disastrous law, and Utahns would be best served if
Obamacare was fully repealed and replaced with a true health care reform
plan that provides states the flexibility and resources necessary to meet
the needs of their citizens and pursue cutting-edge policies without
Washington strings attached.”