Nebraskans react to Aetna leaving Nebraska insurance exchange


Congressman Adrian Smith released the statement below following Aetna’s announcement it will leave the Nebraska insurance exchange in 2018:

“Nebraskans will now only have one insurer on the exchange, forcing them into a monopoly situation,” Smith said. “When consumers do not have choices, costs go up and quality suffers. The brokenness of Obamacare continues to become more and more evident, while Nebraskans shoulder the consequences.

“This is why we took action in the House last week to move forward with repealing and replacing Obamacare. We cannot sit by and allow our country’s health insurance marketplace to collapse under this unsustainable law.”

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer released the following statement after the announcement:

“Today’s news on Aetna means fewer choices and likely higher costs for families across Nebraska. It’s further proof that Obamacare is simply unsustainable. It also underscores the importance of Congress continuing its work to ensure all Americans can access the compassionate, patient-centered, and affordable health care they deserve.”

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska and UnitedHealthcare left the exchange in 2016.

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