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Messer Blasts Senate for Obamacare Inaction

INDIANAPOLIS — Congressman Luke Messer today blasted the U.S. Senate for inaction on Obamacare, following reports from the Indiana Department of Insurance that show additional double digit premium spikes for Hoosiers.

According to the report, CareSource and Celtic – the only two insurers left in Indiana’s Obamacare marketplace – are increasing premium rates by 20 and 35 percent for 2018, respectively.

“This is another example of Obamacare failing Hoosiers,” Messer said. “Obamacare is more unaffordable every year, and it’s low-income, working families who are hit the hardest. The Senate needs to act, and Joe Donnelly needs to start voting with Hoosiers.”

Joe Donnelly has voted against repealing Obamacare at least 17 times, and he’s obstructed recent attempts by the Senate to pass Obamacare repeal legislation, including the recent Graham-Cassidy bill.

In 2015, more than 112,000 Hoosiers making under $50,000 were forced to pay $37 million in Obamacare penalties for simply not having insurance. Since Obamacare’s implementation, health insurance costs on the individual marketplace in Indiana have increased by 70 percent.

Messer led efforts in the House to repeal and replace Obamacare, and has been an outspoken critic of failed action in the Senate. He’s signed the discharge petition circulating in the House to force a vote on a full Obamacare repeal bill.