Health insurance giant Aetna said it will exit all Obamacare exchanges in 2018, citing significant losses.
The health insurance company announced it will withdraw from its two remaining exchanges in Delaware and Nebraska next year.
TJ Crawford, an Aetna spokesman, said, “Our individual commercial products lost nearly $700 million between 2014 and 2016, and are projected to lose more than $200 million in 2017 despite a significant reduction in membership.”
Crawford said that Obamacare’s structural issues “have led to co-op failures and carrier exits, and subsequent deterioration.”
Aetna announced earlier that would it would pull out its Iowa and Virginia exchanges as well.
Insurers, including Aetna, lost money on the Obamacare exchanges because not enough young people signed up for insurance on the public exchanges to offset the cost of older and sicker individuals.
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said in a statement on Wednesday that Aetna’s move “adds to the mountain of evidence that Obamacare has failed the American people. Repealing and replacing it with patient-centered solutions that stabilize the marketplace to bring down costs and increase choices is the only solution.”
The Obamacare exchanges are facing lower engagement.
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