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Obamacare Youth Enrollees Fall Short


In January of this year, individuals, nationwide, enrolled in Obamacare. The administration touted that the number of enrollees was 3.3 million, this after more than 6 million were dropped from their insurance last year. More than likely the 3.3 million enrollees were probably part of the 6 million that were dropped from their insurance and then enrolled in the Affordable Care Act. “The administration painted the uptick as good news, and stressed that a growing share of people signing up for coverage, or 25 percent nationwide, are young adults between the ages of 18 and 34. Young, healthy enrollees are important because they do not use as much heath care as older Americans, offsetting the older Americans' costs.” In Ohio, there are about 60,000 individuals enrolled in Obamacare where 21 percent are young people ages 18-34 and 33 percent are over 55 years of age. It was initially expected that the number of young people would be much higher.

The Affordable Care Act is far from affordable especially for the young. “Critics of the ACA predicted that large numbers would sign up for lower-tier bronze coverage, which would stick them with out-of-pocket costs exceeding $6,000. But 58 percent of the Ohioans enrolled in silver plans, 18 percent in gold and 3 percent in platinum.” The unemployed, the poor and the elderly obviously would struggle with such high costs. The ACA is falling short on all sides.

It is expected that with the mid-term elections, the GOP would take over the senate running on over-turning Obamacare. According to Rasmussen “56 percent of Americans regard [Obamacare] unfavorably, including 16 percent who view it "very unfavorably." Only 40 percent have a "somewhat favorable" opinion of Obamacare, while just 14 percent of Americans feel that they have been helped in some form by the law.” Expectations are high on all sides, let’s see what happens.