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82% Of Young Could Get Obama-Care Subsidies

From the ever so subtle propagandists at Reuters:

Low prices seen luring young adults to Obamacare: study

By Sharon Begley | August 21, 2013

NEW YORK (Reuters) – If uninsured young Americans shun the new health plans offered under President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law, it will be because the insurance costs too much and not because they don’t expect to need much medical care, according to a study released on Wednesday.

By the way, we will later hear that this study was done way back in March. So why are we hearing about it now? (Hint: This is part of the news media’s full-court press to try to enroll more young people into Obama-Care.)

What uninsured young adults do when state exchanges created under "Obamacare" open on October 1 will be one of the most important factors in determining the success of the president’s signature domestic policy achievement. If too few young people, who tend to be relatively healthy, sign up for coverage, then premiums might not cover the medical costs of sicker people who do enroll.

"Contrary to commonly held beliefs, young adults do want affordable health coverage," said Dr. David Blumenthal, president of the nonpartisan Commonwealth Fund. The group’s study dispels the notion that young adults don’t think they need coverage because they feel invincible, said lead author Sara Collins.

Up to 82 percent of nearly 16 million uninsured young U.S. adults would qualify for federal subsidies or Medicaid under Obamacare, meaning that affordability is less likely to impede enrollment in health insurance via state exchanges, the study concludes.

Un-huh. And never mind that the reason Obama-Care needs them to sign up is to subsidize older people.

Those ages 19 to 29 will eventually enroll in large numbers, it predicts, without specifying how many years it could take.

That optimistic conclusion comes from what young adults do when offered an opportunity to buy health insurance through their jobs. In such cases, 67 percent took the coverage.

For those who declined, the chief reasons were that they were covered by a family member (54 percent) or couldn’t afford the premiums (22 percent). Only 5 percent turned down coverage because they felt they were unlikely to need much medical care.

That price, not feeling they will never get sick, is the main barrier to young adults buying health insurance, said Aaron Smith, co-founder of Young Invincibles, a non-profit that runs education campaigns and conducts research on issues important to 18-to-34-year olds. "Price is the biggest hurdle." …

So Reuters and is using this months old "study" by a group that has propagandized for Obama-Care to try to convince young people that they won’t have to pay so much for insurance after all.

The survey, with 1,885 respondents, was done in March, and young adults’ awareness may be higher now since several states as well as the federal government have begun advertising and marketing campaigns to tell the uninsured about the exchanges…

The report also found that 15 million adults ages 19 to 25 (half of this age group) were on a parent’s health insurance policy in the prior 12 months, up from 13.7 million in 2011. Of the 15 million, an estimated 7.8 million got that coverage through the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which requires insurers allow children up to age 26 to stay on a parent’s policy.

Partly as a result, the number of uninsured young adults dropped from 18.1 million in 2011 to 15.7 million in 2013.

Of course, the irony here is that by ‘young adults’ stay on their parents’ plans they aren’t going to be signing up to the exchanges. Which, we are told, the exchanges need in order not to go bust.

But maybe that has been the plan all along.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, August 21st, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “82% Of Young Could Get Obama-Care Subsidies”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Youths Dying From Lack of Medical Care – headline 2022
    Conscription of Doctors – 2023
    Democrats Declare Total Victory – 2026
    Satan Arrives For The Vig, Democrats Point Finger At Republicans – 2027

  2. bousquem25 says:

    The “young adults” getting screwed will be the 27-29 year olds who don’t get to stay on their parents insurance and are forced into the pools and have to pay for everyone else. I’m stuck that way since I live in Massachusetts. I was off my parents insurance shortly after college and have been paying my own way since. The latest premium hike had me wondering where the hell the this increase came from.

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