Nearly 100,000 Coloradans to lose Obamacare coverage as insurers drop out, cut back, raise rates

by Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times  |  published on June 7, 2016

More than 92,000 Coloradans will lose their Obamacare health care coverage in 2017 as four leading insurance companies scale back or eliminate their plans while others propose rate hikes of as much as 40 percent.

Insurance holders with individual plans through Anthem, UnitedHealthCare, Humana and Rocky Mountain Health Plans will need to find new coverage for the 2017 coverage year, according to a Monday statement from the Colorado Division of Insurance.

Insurance commissioner Marguerite Salazar described the upheaval as part of the “stabilization phase” as the state exchange, Connect for Health Colorado, enters its fourth enrollment year.
“Companies are still figuring it out — where to sell, how to sell, how to price — which is why we’re seeing some companies pull back on individual plans or requesting significant increases, while still other companies are coming into the market,” Ms. Salazar said. “Some companies have done a better job of figuring out how to operate in this new environment and compete for people’s business, while others must step back and reevaluate their approach.”

Still, the news came as a devastating blow to the state’s already-shaky insurance market. Colorado is one of 14 states that opted to launch its own Obamacare exchange instead of depending on the federal version after the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

Sen. Cory Gardner, Colorado Republican, said in a Monday statement that “it’s time for the president to admit Obamacare is a disaster for the American people.”


    MOVE TO CALIFORNIA AND DECLARE YOURSELF TO BE AN ILLEGAL ALIEN. They have more rights than you do…and californica is chomping at the bit to give illegal aliens free medical care….Go figure.

  • Cane Pazzo

    If universal coverage (i.e Medicare for all) had been pasted none of this would be happening. Thank the Republicans for this mess.

  • justinwachin

    President Obama and his supporters should have had enough sense to know this socialist scheme would not provide inexpensive health care without someone getting stuck with the bill. In fact the health insurance regulations turned into a big payout for abortion providers, other pet liberal causes, and bureaucrats. Obamacare was all about enriching some while penalizing others.

    Affordable health care doesn’t come by forcing everyone to purchase insurance. Affordable health care comes by 1.) increasing competition among health care providers, pharmaceutical companies; 2.) encouraging people to be better health care consumers; 3.) encouraging people to live healthier lives; and 4.) changing the way people think about paying for health care. The Obama system basically forces people to buy insurance and creates a bureaucracy to decide how much providers get paid, who gets served and what treatments are person is provided.

    • reggie

      Nothing is random, it’s all planned.

  • Rodney Steward

    Well Obamacare worked just as planned, to fail and basically destroy the healthcare system and everything going to a single payer plan, Like The Rest of the World, a totally Gov. run system that we all know will work great, just look at the V.A.!

    • Bowserb

      A hybrid healthcare system, just like a hybrid automobile, is complicated and expensive. We remain the top industrial nation in per capital expenditures for health care…and still 26th in average life expectancy.

      • Rodney Steward

        I like your photo by the way! And you said it, EXPENSIVE, that’s the big problem! And with the healthcare being down graded, it now is the # 3 killer in the country, SCARY! We had the # 5th ranked Hospital in the Southeast, since Obamacare it now is ranked 25th, something is BAD WRONG!!

        • Bowserb

          Thanks Rodney. Variation on the Gonzales Texas flag, where the Texas Revolution began. It’s still the city’s slogan, even displayed on police cars!

          • Rodney Steward

            May be seeing another one of those Texas Rev. before long my friend, and getting worried about the large influx of muslims, and the CAL. jobs coming in and bringing in their left wing idiots!

          • Bowserb

            Yes, the cities have almost all turned already. Austin years ago. Houston in the last 15 years has turned. New tax and spend mayor even tried to bust the state rule that limits property tax valuation increases to 10% a year. Fortunately he was shot down. If we don’t get control over illegal immigration, Texas could be the next Colorado, then the next California. But that’s been the progressives’ plan since the 1930’s.

          • Rodney Steward

            Obama fears the South, and Texas being his biggest fear of all! His thinking is if Texas falls the rest of the South will be no problem, and could be the reason for the influx of all U have mentioned!

      • reggie

        WHO used to grade the healthcare of nations. When the US was 37 a number of years in a row, they quit doing it.

        • Bowserb

          The WHO knows where their funding comes from.

          • reggie


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