The 2015 open enrollment period for Obamacare is just two months away and liberals in Washington are working hard to revamp their “messaging” to convince young people to sign up.
If you remember from last year, only 28 percent of Obamacare enrollees were young people ages 18-34. This was 12 percent less than what the President wanted.
Last year’s messaging around open enrollment steered clear of the individual mandate and downplayed the penalty for those uninsured Americans who didn’t sign up. But this year, according to the Wall Street Journal, Obamacare proponents will focus on “using the stick.”
By 2016, individuals who don’t have health insurance will face a fine from the IRS of $695 or 2.5 percent of one’s income. Democrats want young people to know this, because they think it will encourage my generation to sign-up for the exchange.
Defenders of Obamacare, and the individual mandate point to reports and surveys, claiming more Americans have health insurance under Obamacare.
But this makes sense doesn’t it? Forcing people to buy something will result in more people buying that product.
But are young people better off because of the President’s healthcare law?
On the economic side of things the answer is a definite No. According to the Manhattan Institute, Obamacare increased insurance rates on younger women by an average of 44 percent while younger men experience an even higher increase of 91 percent.
On the actual health beneficiary side of the equation the answer is also No. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics, Obamacare has almost no impact on overall health and access to care for young people.
Well maybe the first go around was a fluke. Obamacare hurts more than it helps right now but that will change, right? Unfortunately for the American people the answer to this question is also No.
Back in 2008, Obama promised health insurance costs would decrease by an average of $2,500 per family. But according to the world’s second largest professional services network, PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Health Research Institute, Americans will experience an average rate increase of 7 percent in 2015.
Some states will be hit harder than others with rate increases. In Iowa, the average health insurance rate is set to increase by 11.5 percent. In New Hampshire, the average rate is set to increase by 15 percent. In North Carolina, individuals may experience an increase of 17 percent. Virginians could get hit by a 20 percent increase!
Whatever you may think of the President and his healthcare law, it’s clear that Obamacare is a bad deal for young people and the vast majority of all Americans. Costs have gone up, quality and access to care has stagnated, and future costs will increase even more than they already have.
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