The Numbers Are In: Obama Failed to Recruit “Young Invincibles” Into ObamaCare

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.

Five college students.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.

And even the Young Invincibles who signed up for coverage in ObamaCare’s exchanges did not do it in response to the celebrated efforts by Obama’s re-engaged political machine to turn out the hipsters. Instead, a large share of them went to a non-ObamaCare website to enroll.

eHealth, Inc., which has operated an online marketplace for health insurance for over a decade, received permission to enroll people in ObamaCare in the 36 states that have federally operated exchanges. Instead of going to the broken website, applicants could apply at eHealth, Inc. reported that from October through December, 39 percent of applicants for ObamaCare coverage were between the ages of 18 through 34. For January through March, the proportion rose to 45 percent.

ObamaCare’s recruitment outreach to young adults fell woefully short. And without help from a privately operated online broker, it would have been even worse.

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  1. Anne says:

    As someone in that age group, I’m not surprised. The job market is rough for everyone, but particularly for young people who lack tons of experience. Plenty of my friends, even (perhaps especially) the ones with advanced degrees, are broke. They don’t see the high premiums and questionable coverage value as worth the little money they have.

    • Erik says:

      If your friends are “Broke” as you say they should qualify for a subsidy or Medicaid which would make their premium very low or non-existent. There is more to this than evident. Could politics be keeping them away.

      • Yancey Ward says:

        No, not politics- simple economics. The policies, even with subsidies, are not of value to most young people given the incentive structures. Some may well be eligible for Medicaid, but we already know that a lot of people were previously eligible don’t actually enroll until actually needed.

  2. Pam says:

    Not to mention, if people up to age 26 can stay on their parents’ health insurance plan as Obamacare allows, why would they bother signing up for Obamacare until they are no longer eligible for that benefit? The law contradicts itself.

  3. Sarah P. says:

    These Young Invincibles are making a good decision not to enroll!

    • Remy says:

      Other Americans, once they realize that Obamacare is wrong for them, should follow the example set by these young people.