The October Surprise really isn’t much of a surprise: We have been expecting to learn the magnitude of Obamacare premiums increases just before Open Enrollment begins November 1—and just before Election day.
But the size of the increases is a shock, averaging nearly 25% across 38 federal exchange states, and with some increases in triple digits. The highest AVERAGE premium increases are in Arizona, 116%; Oklahoma, 69%; Tennessee, 63%; and Minnesota, 59%.
Millions of people in other states will find premiums for their current plans spiking at least as high. Freedom Partners has created an interactive map showing the average and highest premium increases for ACA-compliant individual market plans for 2017 in all 50 states.