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‘Significant Drop’ In Uninsured 26 Yr Old Kids

From a cheering Associated Press:

Survey: Significant drop in uninsured young adults

September 21, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of young adults without health insurance has dropped significantly, a new survey finds, thanks to a provision of President Barack Obama’s health care law allowing them to stay on their parents’ plans.

The new Gallup poll findings translate to about 1 million more young adults with health insurance.

While the bleak economy has made it hard for young people trying to enter the workforce, fewer are being forced to also go without medical care.

Thank goodness. And this way they won’t have to forgo their $700 dollar iPads and iPhones and Mac Airs and $150 running shoes.

A Gallup survey released Wednesday finds that the share of adults ages 18-25 without health insurance dropped from 28 percent starting last fall to 24.2 percent in the second quarter of this year. That defies the disheartening trend of rising numbers of working-age Americans without coverage.

A 3.8 percent drop is trumpeted as "significant"? When this includes a margin of error of plus or minus 1 percent?

Given that being on your parents’ health insurance makes it practically free, we would have thought the number would actually be far greater. And we are pretty sure we were promised that it would indeed be far greater when Obama-Care was being pitched.

Public opinion remains divided about Obama’s health care overhaul, but coverage for young adults has proven to be a popular and relatively low-cost benefit that families were eager to sign up for in these days of prolonged school-to-work transitions…

It is only "relatively low-cost" because a) most people this age don’t need much medical attention, and b) everybody else is paying more in higher rates to pay for this new ‘low cost’ benefit.

But this points the way for the solution of all of our problems. We should all be allowed to be put on our parent’s health insurance. No matter how old are we, or even if our parents are still alive. That would solve everything.

Young adults — sometimes termed the "invincibles"— are still more likely to be uninsured than any other age group

Whoops. Still, once again, there could be a reason for that. Most people that age don’t need insurance.

And yet, buried in final paragraphs of this glowing report, we find:

Other early coverage expansions in the health care law have not worked as well.

A program that offers health insurance to people turned down for private coverage because of a health problem has seen disappointingly low enrollment, a consequence of high premiums.

In other words, people who actually do need health insurance have not been helped much at all.

The main push to cover the uninsured under the new law won’t come until 2014. At that time, more than 30 million people are expected to get coverage through a combination of expanding Medicaid and providing tax credits to make private insurance more affordable.

Er, the "main push" is that if they don’t get health insurance they will be taxed – or even jailed.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, September 21st, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “‘Significant Drop’ In Uninsured 26 Yr Old Kids”

  1. proreason says:

    health insurance isn’t the solution

    It’s the problem.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Pro – short, succinct, perfect.

    For the commenters here assembled.

    For the balance of the USA, that right there is blasphemy so profound they’ll find you and hang you from a streetlight

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