Latest Obamacare Enrollment Numbers: It’s Not All Bad

The latest Obamacare enrollment numbers were released on Monday. Despite the surge in overall enrollment during the last three months of 2013 to more than 2.1 million, the focus has been on the low number of young enrollees.

The Hill: “Only 24 percent of ObamaCare’s enrollees are young people, according to the new data, well below the 40 percent benchmark set by the administration for the critical 18- to 34-year-old age group.”

The Wall Street Journal: “There’s no way to spin it: Youth enrollment has been a bust so far,” said Brendan Buck, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio).

The good news: The rate of young enrollees is accelerating at an impressive clip.

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  • MrBeale

    Young people procrastinate? SHOCKING!

  • Delphine

    A commenter at the NYT pointed out (I paraphrase) that first we were worried about seniors getting snuffed by the death panels, now we’re worried too many of them might actually get health care? I suppose dying prematurely due to lack of affordable health care represents Freedom, so yeah, that’s consistent.

  • Nov-cubed

    Two points.
    1. Just because you’re young doesn’t mean you are healthy and outside of the chronically ill cohort.
    2. Young and healthy are the least likely of the signups that actually follow through and pay their premiums.

  • zappa24

    I had a very interesting moment a few days ago. A friend of mine had lost her old insurance (not sure why, I’m guessing it was one of the catastrophic plans that don’t really cover much). What she was furious about, though, was the fact that the only thing she could get on the exchange was a Medicaid plan. Any ideas on why she was so angry about the prospect?

    • Noam

      She can avoid the medicare option by indicating on the Obamacare application that she expects her income in 2014 to be above the Poverty line. I believe if she puts it down as 16,000 then she will be able to buy insurance on the exchange and also get a very large subsidy.

    • Mitchell LeVett

      For most young people Medicaid would come with a stigma.

  • ann roberts

    How many have actually paid? I have heard it might be as low as 30 to 50%. So let’s talk about the REAL numbers.

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