Anthem Leaving Ohio Health Insurance Exchange

Anthem will stop offering policies in the Ohio health insurance marketplace next year, the company announced Tuesday.

The move would leave about 10,500 people in the state without an insurance carrier. Anthem also operates for-profit Blue Cross plans in more than a dozen other states, but the company said it had not yet made a decision about its participation in those exchanges, The New York Times reported.

The announcement by one of the nation's largest insurers was used by Republicans to claim that markets are "collapsing" under the Affordable Care Act.

But Democrats said the Trump administration and congressional Republicans are to blame, The Times reported.

"They own this health care system now," Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio said. "Because they fiddled for the last five months and injected more uncertainty into the insurance market, premiums have gone up and insurance companies have pulled out."

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