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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

New research from Senate Republicans shows some health insurance rates in Tennessee are going up under the Affordable Care Act.

The Republican staff of the Senate Health Committee reviewed health insurance costs across the state of Tennessee.

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is the top Republican on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. These numbers show the costs of health insurance will double in Memphis for some people.

The cost of some health insurance plans is going up under the Affordable Care Act according to a new report from the Republican staff of the Senate Health Committee, which cites price hikes for young adults across Tennessee.

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A 27-year-old male in Memphis would pay about $45 for a catastrophic plan. A bare bones plan from the health insurance exchange costs about $113 a month, a 148-percent increase.

Republicans say the problem is many people are losing their policies because they don't provide the required amount of coverage under Obamacare.

"For the millions being forced into the exchanges and losing their current insurance there's no relief, just higher prices," Sen. Alexander said Oct. 29 on Capitol Hill.

According to the numbers from Sen. Alexander's Senate Health Committee Republican staff, a family of four in Memphis with a high deductible policy now pays about $180 a month. The least expensive plan in the health exchanges the cost is roughly $381 a month.

Last week the senator hammered the Obama administration's rollout of the Healthcare.gov website and called for HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' resignation.

"Expecting this secretary to be able to fix what she hasn't been able to fix during the last three-and-a-half years is unrealistic," Sen. Alexander said. "It's throwing good money after bad."

Sebelius apologized for the roll out problems during a visit to Memphis Friday. She was in town promoting the Affordable Care Act and said she's committed to fixing the website.

At the event Democratic U.S. Congressman Steve Cohen of Memphis blamed Republican criticism on politics.

"Some people didn't want Barack Obama to be president from Day 1," Congressman Cohen said. "I say get over it. Barack Obama's the president and the Affordable Care Act is the law. We need to work together to make it work."

Tuesday morning the Senate Health Committee is holding a hearing on the Affordable Care Act and the status of the Healthcare.gov website. Sen. Alexander will be questioning the administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

 

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