Obamacare driving down health insurance costs for small businesses in Washington

Harrison , E-mail the writer Obamacare is starting to have some of its intended effects on the price of insurance for small businesses, particularly in the city in which it was enacted. District officials last week announced that, for the third time since they started posting proposed plans on a new health insurance marketplace for small businesses, an insurer has lowered its initial prices for coverage. It is a sign, they say, that the marketplace will help bring down health costs for businesses, which have skyrocketed in recent years. Kaiser Permanente, one of four insurance providers registered to sell to small firms on D.C. Health Link, is the most recent to drop its rates, lowering premiums by 4.4 percent. The company worked with the insurance commissioner and the [D.C. Health Benefit Exchange] to ensure our 2014 premium rates are as consumer friendly as possible, Kaiser spokesman Won Ha said in an e-mail. We believe all residents should have access to high quality, affordable care, and our adjusted rates reflect that. United HealthCare previously dropped its rates by more than 10 percent, and then again by about 5 percent, while Aetna has lowered its prices by more than 5 percent.
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Opinion: What’s behind the movement to repeal Obamacare?

Thats about it. No 906-page bill for me. My health care plan fits on the back of my hand. Really? But surely some of you Republicans have more of a health care plan than just tort reform and selling insurance across state lines. A plan Voice from back of room: Of course we have a plan! What do we look like, obstructionists? OK, great. Whats the plan? Everyone chimes in at once.
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