Brad Tregnago of KSSZ contributed to this story
The White House has confirmed health care prices will increase next year for those using Obamacare. Details of how much premiums will change are expected in a few days. Subsidies could help protect some from a larger bill, but U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) says it’s time to reform America’s health care system.
“Out-of-control regulators,” Blunt says on Wake Up Columbia. “Whether it’s the health care regulator, or the EPA, (continuing) to stand in front of what are real job opportunities that are right there in front of us, and we need to wrap our arms around them instead of pushing them away.”
Blunt says most Missourians who get coverage through the Affordable Care Act will only have one option next year.
“We gotta find ways to get back to where people have more choices about their health care, more competition to provide it, (and) more ability to see the doctor they want to see,” says Blunt.
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the only company offering plans in Missouri for the enrollment period that begins next month.
Blunt faces Democrat Jason Kander in the November 8 general election. A St. Louis Post-Dispatch poll released Friday shows Blunt and Kander in a virtual tie, with Blunt at 47 to Kander’s 46.