Obama Failed to Recruit ‘Young Invincibles’ into Obamacare

Obamacare by from National Center for Policy Analysis, May 16, 2014

President Obama declared that 35 percent of enrollees in the exchanges are under the age of 35. However, his statement is a piece of lawyerly evasion, as first identified by Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post.

“Under 35” includes children, and that is not who is needed in the exchanges. Most of them would have enrolled with their parents in a family health plan. Those minors add very little to the premium of a family plan. The young people needed in the exchanges are the so-called “Young Invincibles,” who are between the ages of 18 through 34. These comprise only 28 percent of enrollees in Obamacare—almost one third fewer than the 40 percent needed.

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