CA media finally note Obamacare a rotten deal for young people

Among the many things the mainstream media have ignored or downplayed about Obamacare is how terrible a deal it is for young, healthy people. The Mercury-News finally got around to pointing this out today:

“Nationwide, one study says, 3.7 million of those ages 18 to 34 will spend $500 less if they forgo insurance and pay the penalty during the first year of the new exchanges.

“‘Obamacare was supposed to make affordable health care available for everybody,’ said Caracappa, a 26-year-old community manager for a social-media website. But when he checked out the lowest prices available to him on the Covered California insurance exchange, he said there was ‘no way’ he could keep up with his finances and pay for health insurance, too.

“The cheapest Bronze plan is $138 a month, but has a $5,000 deductible. The cheapest Enhanced Silver plan costs $206 a month, with a $2,000 deductible.

“Both are pretty rich for Caracappa’s blood.

“‘Currently, my medical bills are zero,’ he said. ‘I don’t go to the doctor, and I have not gone to the doctor in years. can’t even remember the last time I went.'”

It is mindboggling that this wasn’t a key focus of the Romney campaign last year. The high deductible for young Obamacare enrollees is the least-reported huge downside of the fiasco. It basically means millions of healthy people under 40 will pay big premiums and in normal years get nothing for it — no help with their medical bills.

The temptation is strong to say that it is karma that young voters are going to be abused by Obamacare. But if they didn’t know it was coming, courtesy of our atrocious media and a somnolent Romney campaign, it’s not all karma. It’s also because of corrupt journalism and political incompetence.


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  1. eck
    eck 29 September, 2013, 22:04

    Finally, one (semi) major MSM outlet, states the obvious. Like it is said, “elections have consequences” and here comes a big one. Of course here in the Bay Area, not too many of these “millennium” types will have to sweat it. They’ve got employer plans (although these are going to cost more too). Let’s hope a revolt gets going.

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  2. Hondo
    Hondo 30 September, 2013, 08:16

    The Republicans made a horrific error in nominating Romney in ’12. The repub wins in 2010 were because Amerika was against Obamacare. So the repubs nominated the only candidate in ’12 who couldn’t run against Obamacare because Romneycare in Taxachussetts was the same thing. Romney couldn’t run against his own plan. An epic bad chess move by the repubs. I’m sure many dems crossed over to vote for Romney in the primaries.

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  3. David in Irvine
    David in Irvine 30 September, 2013, 12:24

    This is just business as usual: Social Security and Medicare screw the young just as hard.

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  4. Sean
    Sean 30 September, 2013, 17:38

    These youngsters will pay twice as much as it should cost for their health insurance coverage. They are also paying back huge loans for their education because Medicaid has sucked up so much of the state budgets that tuition rose rapidly during the recession. Many will also see their hours cut so their employer will not have to pay a penalty for not providing health insurance for their lowest paid hourly workers. Add it all up and our unweidly healthcare system will likely cost young people several hundred dollars a month, even if they have no health insurance and never use the health care system.

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  5. Ulysses Uhaul.
    Ulysses Uhaul. 30 September, 2013, 19:34

    The young and dumb voted for free “ME” care not for paying for the welfare state……remember Hitler was freely elected by German citizens…..

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