Why the Young and Healthy Should Embrace ObamaCare
Ezra Klein: They're not going to be young and healthy forever
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 17, 2013 11:24 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Critics of ObamaCare are more and more using this line of attack, observes Ezra Klein at Bloomberg: It's unfair to force young, healthy to buy health insurance in order to subsidize the insurance of older, sicker people. The critics are distorting the facts, writes Klein, but it is true that "a small number of young people—the ones who have the lowest risk and least need for insurance—are being asked to pay more than the current market calculates they should." So doesn't it make sense for them to skip ObamaCare and pay the (cheaper) penalty instead? No, says Klein.

It's not just that they might get into a car accident and go broke without coverage. There's a bigger issue: "Those young, healthy rich people will need a functional system in the future when they become older, sicker or poorer," writes Klein, and these reforms are a way to make sure it will be there. "So even for those least in need, health-insurance premiums are an investment—not in someone else’s future, but in their own." Click for his full column.

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Lefty_Libby
Aug 19, 2013 7:07 PM CDT
Why are US citizens the ONLY people who think their employer is their health insurance mommy? Talk about giving up your freedom -- I don't want my employer, whose sole interest is his bottom line, making life and death decisions for me. Our insurance system is an economic freak -- a Frankenstein monster. ACA is not ideal. It should be treated as a stop gap measure, until we take the only intelligent step to a single payer system.
cornelison
Aug 18, 2013 5:21 PM CDT
Here's a survey regarding "The Health Insurance Marketplace." It gives you your options and information with regards to Obamacare. The site is still in development. It has a target date of October 1, 2013. You can sign up for the newsletter. https://www.healthcare.gov/ https://www.healthcare.gov/families/
cornelison
Aug 18, 2013 4:51 PM CDT
Isn't it interesting that the health insurance companies haven't cried "foul" for some time? Obamacare has its restrictions but the health insurance companies have 30,000,000 new customers!!!!!!!!!!!! Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.) loves Obamacare and the extra money towards the expansion of Medicaid in her State. Did anyone see the photos of Brewer welcoming Obama when he visited her State recently? It was a far cry from her previous attitude towards The President. Obamacare will relieve the costs & burdens to emergency rooms and hospitals in general. In Florida, the hospitals begged Govt. Scott to accept the federal money to expand Medicaid in his State. Preventive care will save the country millions of dollars and more over the long term. Even if you don't care about anybody but yourself, Oabamcare will save money.