"We understand and strongly share our members' concerns over the rising cost of health care services and the corresponding adverse impact on insurance premiums. Unfortunately, the individual market premiums are merely the symptoms of a larger underlying problem in Ohio's individual market -- rising health care costs," the insurer said in a statement.
"It is important to note that premiums are expensive because the underlying health care costs are expensive. Anthem offers a variety of health benefit plans, and we are dedicated to working with our members to find health coverage plans that are the most appropriate, and affordable for their needs. We are more than happy to take a look at a member's health benefit plan and review possible options to more closely meet the member's current needs. This may include moving to a lower-priced plan."
Obama reiterated his argument that the debate over health care is "about far more than the politics" and dismissed talk about what it will mean for both parties in the November elections.
"In the end, this debate is about far more than the politics. It's about what kind of country we want to be," Obama said. "It's about the millions of lives that would be touched and, in some cases, saved by making private health insurance more secure and more affordable. It's about a woman, lying in a hospital bed, who wants nothing more than to be able to pay for the care she needs."
Speaking at a senior center, Obama sought to ease concerns for Medicare recipients and argued that health care reform will not hurt or change the government health care program.
"Every senior should know: there is no cutting of your guaranteed Medicare benefits. Period," he said. "This proposal makes Medicare stronger, makes the coverage better, and makes its finances more secure. Anyone who says otherwise is misinformed – or is trying to misinform you."
Obama said that the Democrats' proposal "adds almost a decade of solvency to Medicare."
The White House says health care reform would help people like Canfield by lowering costs, ensuring more competition and making sure insurers are not able to deny coverage because of previous bouts with serious illnesses such as cancer.
"Lying in a hospital bed, worrying about how you're going to pay for your bills -- that's hard. I know. My mother went through that," the president said last week in St. Louis at a fundraiser for Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
"Once the bill is implemented, she's not going to have to worry about an insurance company discriminating against her on the basis of a preexisting condition," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told ABC News March 4.
But Republicans say such anecdotes are not proof that this bill should become law. They say it will be a disaster and Democrats are forcing it through the Congress and on the American people.
"There will be a price to be paid to jam a bill through. The American people don't like using a sleazy process," Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Sunday on ABC News' "This Week." "If they [Democrats] do this, it's going to poison the well for anything else they would like to achieve this year or thereafter."