- The Washington Times - Friday, November 24, 2017

Small-business owners in New Hampshire have seen a spike on the limited options available on the Obamacare exchange, the Union Leader reported.

The average rise in premiums for nearly 24,000 on the Obamacare exchange, who do not receive a federal subsidy, is at 52 percent.

“I will be spending $24,000 on insurance next year for my family. That is a 50 percent increase,” Scott Spradling told the newspaper.

He owns a media and consulting business.

“This doesn’t include deductibles or copays. What the proverbial hell is going on with health care? Decision makers, if you are listening: Fix this,” he said.

Open enrollment for Obamacare started on Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 15.

Republicans have been trying to repeal or amend the law, and in particular address the rising premiums for those individuals and small-business owners, but were unsuccessful in doing that this year.

The individual mandate requiring everyone to have insurance may be added the the Republican tax plan still this year, which would allow people to opt out of the market place. 

• Sally Persons can be reached at spersons@washingtontimes.com.

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