Obamacare About To Screw The Young

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Younger Americans are out of work, struggling with student loan debt and shackled to unpayable amounts of tax obligations to massive entitlement programs created by the generations which went before them.

And now Obamacare is set to give them a nice, hard kick in the pants.

State and federal officials and the health care industry are currently preparing to implement two specific ObamaCare provisions taking effect on January 1, 2014, acting on this politically perverse principle of shifting resources from your supporters to your opponents. The first is the individual mandate, which aims to force the young, childless, and healthy — “Young Invincibles,” as they are said to think of themselves — to buy heath insurance, even if they think (and even perhaps make a rational, if risky, bet) that they don’t need it.

The second is a lesser-known policy to limit the practices of charging different premiums to different ages, known as age-rating. Many states currently set a limit on this difference, often mandating that an old person shouldn’t pay a premium more than five times a younger person’s, even if she’s expected to use more than five times as much health care. The ObamaCare provision kicking in next January 1 would reduce that ratio to three-to-one, essentially limiting what the elderly pay in part by forcing young people to carry a larger share of the total cost of national health care.

Just another example of the “Affordable Care Act” making health insurance more expensive.

But you do have to admire the irony of Obamacare hurting younger Americans who, overwhelmingly, helped re-elect Obama.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Geoff Bosse

    They have made their bed, now let the lye in it. GOOD LUCK

    • camsaure

      Actually, I think in reality, they pooped in their bed. All the while they thought they were passing the costs on to everyone else but themselves. I agree, GOOD LUCK. Nothing like a “hands on” lesson on how the world really works. It would have been better for them to give it some rational thought before blindly supporting such BS.

  • SigFan

    While young people overwhelmingly did back Obama, some of them didn’t – those that are actually capable of independent and rational thought. The clueless youth that voted for him will now receive their just rewards punishment.

  • mikemc1970

    The progressives have been screwing over the young, economically and educationally, for a very long time now, so this is nothing new, just a much bigger eff over than the usual baby step towards socialism.

  • Thresherman

    The thing about screwing over the youngest generation is that in a few years the current ones will be replaced by those who have never known anything else

  • banjo kid

    The unaffordable health care act was designed to have single payer health care and it was made so bad every one would accept anything but the present law for health care, welcome UK of America! Single payer just like your a pee in countries have today . Next we will have to turn in our guns to get a medical bill paid 1984 X100

  • Snarky

    Obamacare does f*** over young people, and it especially f***s over people who aren’t fat. However, with a healthier population, we may not be a bunch of lazy, whiny, fatasses. The fat people f*** everyone else over, with or without Obamacare. I say we start by getting them all into a UN safe zone, all in one place you know…

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