Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) issued the following statement today following the announcement from the Ohio Insurance Department that health insurance premiums in the individual market are expected to increase an average of 41 percent next year.

“President Obama’s big government health care bill was supposed to bend the cost curve down.  Instead, the average individual premium payer is out nearly an extra $100 a month. That’s money that could be going toward retirement, groceries, and their children’s higher education; instead it’s going to cover President Obama’s costly mandates.

“Today’s disheartening announcement is the latest sign things are headed in the wrong direction.  Obamacare is making things more difficult for families struggling to make ends meet, it’s making it harder for them to keep their heads above water.  Enough is enough—let’s repeal this trainwreck and start over with some real bipartisan reforms that increase competition, not just mandates and costs.”