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September 14, 2013

Three insurance companies to offer individual coverage under the Affordable Care Act

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NORMAN —

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak, a critic of Obamacare, said the new policies being offered to individuals in the federal health insurance marketplace will cost 30 percent to 100 percent more than pre-Obamacare policies. He said small group insurance plans will be 10 percent to 25 percent higher.

“Our fears have been confirmed,” Doak said in a news bulletin. “For some consumers, the cost of health insurance will increase significantly.”

Doak’s assertion was challenged by David Blatt, director of the Oklahoma Policy Institute, a non-government research group that supports the health care act.

“His claims are not based on data, but rather on informal conversations that his staff apparently had with some insurance carriers,” Blatt said. “Commissioner Doak’s statement is in line with his political opposition to the Affordable Care Act.”

Oklahoma Insurance Department spokeswoman Calley McGehee Herth said Doak’s rate-increase figures were based on detailed analyses by the insurance carriers.

providing the policies. Their findings were then communicated to state officials, she said.

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