Friday, December 6, 2013

College Students and Other Young Adults Are Getting Sick of Obamacare

It looks like college students and recent to semi-recent graduates are finally waking up and smelling the Obamacare… which doesn’t smell anything like roses.

Yesterday, National Review Online’s John Fund reported growing dissatisfaction about the healthcare mandate among young adults. Since he listed a lot of important information, I’m not even going to bother trying to summarize the article. Instead, here are the five most telling paragraphs:

“At the heart of the health-care law is the following premise: Enough young and healthy people will sign up for new health insurance through the government’s excuse for a website to provide enough income for insurance companies so the planned subsidies to older and sicker uninsured people can keep flowing.

“About 40 percent of those who sign up for new plans will have to be under 35 for this cost-shifting scheme to work. If they’re not, then to avoid having everyone’s premiums start to dramatically spike upwards, Obama may have to bail out insurance companies, the least popular and least trusted private-sector provider of services outside of used-car lots. Explaining that to voters may be beyond anyone’s rhetorical gifts.

“Obama’s most pressing problem is that young people aren’t buying into his sales pitch. A new Harvard University Institute of Politics poll of those under 30 years of age has devastating news for Obamacare.

“Only 29 percent of uninsured young people say they will definitely (13 percent) or likely (16 percent) enroll in new plans via the exchanges. Despite an avalanche of public-service ads, thousands of ‘navigators’ – glorified sales reps – recruited from Obama-friendly nonprofits, and numerous celebrity endorsements, the product isn’t moving.

“The Harvard study found that the president’s job approval among young people is down to 41 percent. A full 57 percent of young people now oppose Obamacare, with those believing it will lower the quality of health care outnumbering those who think it will improve the quality by more than two to one.”

It’s nice to see they’re starting to acknowledge reality.

It’s just overwhelmingly sad it took something as disastrous, destructive and demeaning as Obamacare to get them to this point.

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