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April 18, 2014

Young Invincibles Disapprove of Obamacare

One of Obamacare’s key target groups – the ‘young invincibles’ – remains “skeptical of the healthcare reform law,” according to The Hill.

“A poll released Wednesday by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics found that more than half of 18- to 29-year-olds disapprove of ObamaCare and believe it will raise their healthcare costs.”

“Insurance coverage of any kind remains a tough sell for people in their twenties, many of whom are eligible to stay on their parents’ plans through age 26.”

“Critics have long charged the Affordable Care Act is a dramatic transfer of resources to older people, and many young people might not see enrollment as being in their financial interest.”

“The architects of the healthcare law had hoped that the individual mandate, which requires most people in the country to either obtain insurance or pay a fine by 2014, would help avoid the ‘death spiral.’” Many young people are choosing to simply pay the low first-year penalty of $95.

“Supporters and opponents of the healthcare law have long seen the enrollment of young people as a central battleground, and both sides are laying the groundwork for an ad war.”

  • algionfriddo

    As a 64 year old… inevitability is not on their side.

  • MVH1

    Young Invincibles change their minds rapidly. Since they’ve already said they don’t know squat about Obamacare, the only thing they’re concentrating on is they are required to buy insurance or be fined. Most of them do feel they’re invincible. I don’t find this frightening. This is for now, like everything else with them in this age range. What is a bit alarming is their lack of civic responsibility and the concept of lightening the load by pulling it together, which means everyone contributes. Other news reports say they don’t know anything about Obamacare, even if they think they do.

  • Lorehead

    Yes, if you’re a young man, your costs will go up this year. On the other hand, you get some discount for your age in the individual market and none in the group market. And nobody is really invincible.

  • pbrower2a

    The problem is that young people are generally so underpaid or burdened with debt that buying health insurance is a pure cost.

    There is no free lunch. We would be wise to enact Medicare for all, with taxes subsidizing or paying for insurance.

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