Pennsylvania Seniors Express 'Shock' over Premium Jumps Due to Obamacare

Pennsylvania Seniors Express 'Shock' over Premium Jumps Due to Obamacare

Pennsylvania seniors are expressing outrage as their health insurance premiums skyrocket and in some cases more than double due to Obamacare.

“I was shocked,” Charles Stull, a 74-year-old retired teacher from Mt. Lebanon told the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. “I’m thinking that I’m going to have to switch.” 

The largest insurer in the state, Highmark Inc., says the rate spikes are caused by Obamacare. 

“The biggest driver is reduced government funding as a result of Obamacare,” said Highmark spokesperson Aaron Billger.

Others, like 78-year-old Art Walker, worry what the rate increases will mean for his ability to choose the doctors he wants to see.

“I don’t want my options limited at my age,” said Walker. “I don’t want to be limited where I can go for my doctors.”

Other Pennsylvanians can also expect substantial rate increases. A new PricewaterhouseCoopers study of 2015 individual market health insurance premiums finds an average premium increase of 15.4%.

According to the latest Associated Press poll, just 30% of likely voters support Obamacare.


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