Harpers Ferry, WV – Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin voted against eliminating the Obamacare tax penalty that impacted 34,360 West Virginians in 2015, according to the IRS.
The Senate tax bill included a measure to repeal Obamacare’s individual mandate, including the tax penalty levied against people who don’t have health insurance. Sen. Manchin sided with Sen. Chuck Schumer and the rest of his party in voting against the tax bill – and against West Virginia.
IRS data demonstrates that the penalty primarily affects low-income workers in West Virginia, with 41 percent of West Virginians paying the penalty earning less than $25,000 annually and 40 percent earning between $25,000 and $50,000 annually.
“Thousands of hard-working West Virginians are struggling to make ends meet, but Sen. Joe Manchin has sided with Chuck Schumer over our state once again,” said U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Morrisey. “As a member of Sen. Schumer’s leadership team, Sen. Manchin has made it clear where his allegiance lies. It’s time for Sen. Manchin to quit Schumer’s team and start putting West Virginia first.”