Virginia Democratic congressional candidate LuAnn Bennett was laughed at during a debate Thursday at the National Conference Center when she said Obamacare has made health care "more affordable."
Bennett is challenging incumbent Rep. Barbara Comstock (R.) in Virginia’s 10th congressional district.
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"For the last 50 years, both parties have agreed that we have a health care crisis," Bennett said. "By 2005, we had 47 million uninsured Americans, and health care costs had grown to 16 percent of our GDP. The Affordable Care Act has made health care more affordable—"
She spoke a bit haltingly as the crowd chuckled.
"And it’s created access," she said.
According to the Daily Press, rate requests filed by Virginia’s five largest insurers show average increases ranging up to 37.1 percent. Nationally, prices for medicine, doctor appointments and health insurance rose the most in August since 1984.