Opinion

W.Va. hit hard by Obamacare

An editorial from The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING, W.Va. — West Virginians are going to pay more for health insurance under Obamacare than the president and his cronies insisted for years. That is virtually inevitable, as a report from the government itself shows.

For Obamacare to work, about 40 percent of those enrolling must be between 18-34 years of age. By paying unnecessarily high premiums because the program requires them to obtain coverage they don’t need, younger enrollees subsidize care for older people.

Obamacare promoters were not able to hit even half that 40-percent target in West Virginia. According to a government report issued Monday, only about 17 percent of insurance enrollees in the state are between 18-34.

Adding to the challenge is that 45 percent of Mountain State residents who have enrolled in Obamacare are between 55 and 64 years old. That group is especially expensive to insure…

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