The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

A new re­port from the Depart­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices con­firms what many crit­ics of Oba­macare have claimed. Things are not so good.

“From 2013 To 2017, states ex­pe­ri­enced an av­er­age of 105 per­cent pre­mium in­crease with the me­dian state av­er­age in­crease be­ing 108 per­cent,” the fed­eral agency notes. “Dur­ing this same pe­riod of time, av­er­age health care pre­mi­ums in the in­di­vid­ual mar­ket in­creased from $232 in 2013 to $476 in 2017.”

Some states suf­fered more than oth­ers, in­clud­ing Alabama, where pre­mi­ums are up by 222 per­cent, plus West Vir­ginia (169 per­cent), and Mis­souri, Mon­tana and Penn­syl­va­nia, each up at least 120 per­cent.

Six­teen states had pre­mium in­creases be­low the na­tional av­er­age of 105 per­cent, 20 states had in­creases be­tween 105 per­cent and 200 per­cent, and three states saw pre­mi­ums up by 200 per­cent or more, the agency anal­y­sis said.

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