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Congressman Diane Black

Representing the 6th District of Tennessee


Rep. Black: UnitedHealthcare Exit Another Sign of Obamacare’s Unworkability

April 19, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a nurse of more than 40 years and member of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, released the following statement on UnitedHealthcare’s decision not to offer health coverage in Tennessee via the federal healthcare marketplace in 2017:

“UnitedHealthcare’s decision is the latest proof that the President’s healthcare law is not delivering on its promises to Tennesseans. For all President Obama’s talk of saving families an average of $2,500 on their premiums per year, the truth is that, under Obamacare, healthcare costs have continued to climb. Consequently, insurers are faced with a choice of staying in the marketplace and dramatically raising rates or exiting the healthcare exchanges altogether,” said Congressman Diane Black. “Already, Tennesseans have seen their healthcare expenses jump as a result of this law, while some lost their coverage completely. The sting of Obamacare will only get worse for working families as options further diminish and competition among insurers slows to a halt. I have voted on more than 70 occasions to repeal, defund, or delay this law and I will continue working to scrap Obamacare and start over on real reforms that put patients and their doctors first, not Washington bureaucrats. How many more headlines like this will it take until Congressional Democrats put their constituents before their party and join us in this effort?”


Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. She has been a nurse for more than 40 years and serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and Budget Committee.