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War on the Young: Healthcare Edition

The war on the young continues: this time in the healthcare sector. The WSJ reports that that while Obamacare remains stubbornly unpopular among the unwashed masses, one of its provisions is well-liked — the ability for young adults under 26 to be included on their parents’ health plans:

The results could help President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign boost support among young voters, whose turnout figures to be crucial to his winning a second term. While the 2010 overhaul law remains unpopular with voters overall, the young-adult insurance extension has emerged as a rare selling point liked even by opponents of the law.

Under the law, most insurance plans had to allow parents to start adding their adult children in September 2010. Many insurance plans made the change in spring 2010 to accommodate children near college-graduation time.

The percentage of those aged 19 to 25 with insurance rose to 73% this past June from 64% in September 2010, the National Center for Health Statistics found in its latest survey of insurance coverage. That translates to about 21.5 million young adults, up from 19 million.

In itself, this isn’t a bad thing.  Young people in the first years after college move from job to job and many can’t get or afford good insurance.  Via Meadia congratulates the newly insured and in itself, this is one of the pieces of the health care bill we liked.

But there’s a catch.  As more pieces of the bill come online, the health care law turns into yet another example of middle aged America’s war against the young.  The individual mandate will force millions of struggling young people to pay higher than necessary premiums in order to subsidize insurance for old geezers like me.

This would be OK, I suppose, if today’s young people would get the same service in turn — but they won’t.  The costs of health care are rising so rapidly, and the government is so stretched, that when today’s struggling research assistants and interns grow into respectable pundits, the health insurance they get will cost more and do less than the insurance they helped my generation to afford.  Thanks, kids, for the cash.

(Young men, by the way, get the worst deal of all.  “Gender justice” only works one way in this country; it’s a good thing American men are so weak and so passive and don’t like to bother their pretty little heads with dull subjects like politics or we might have some kind of liberation movement on our hands.)

Anyway, it’s a shame that we can’t reform health care in this country without sticking it to the young.  Lately, some of them seem to be noticing.  Even as more young people enjoy the benefits of extending the parental insurance protection, support for President Obama and the Democrats continues to fall among young adult voters.  If the millennial generation ever figures out the intergenerational scamming at the heart of what’s left of the blue social model, American politics will change, fast.

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  • david c

    I’m middle-aged and I’m feeling pretty “Stucked To”. I just got my health insurance premium notice for 2012, almost $1,600 per month, thats up nearly 50% in two years.

  • Jordan

    “If the millennial generation ever figures out the intergenerational scamming at the heart of what’s left of the blue social model, American politics will change, fast.”

    I did figured it out and the voiced the fact, but in another thread was called a whiner unworthy of the sacrifices of those who have served the country in the past…

  • Leigh

    I’m not sure that the individual mandate will get past the Supreme Court.

    In any event, everyone is going to wind up with the health insurance I have now with a very high deductible and the premium getting higher as one gets older. Start saving your money now.

  • gmcinva

    I’m not quite sure of your logic here. Young people (up to age 26) are added to their parents’ insurance which is paid for by the whole insurance pool while the recently added young people get nearly free insurance. The cost is picked up by the older members of the pool – not the newly added.

    If you are referring to existing Medicare taxes, you may have a point although those taxes fall disproportionally on people with higher earnings which usually occur later in one’s career.

  • Jack

    What’s with the gratuitous male-bashing at Via Meadia? Are young women today really such paragons of virtue in comparison with young men?

  • bobby b

    “What’s with the gratuitous male-bashing . . . ”

    Sorry. It’s just that we’re all getting a bit tired of gratuitous males.

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