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Tricking the Young Folk Into Obamacare

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Now that President Obama has allowed low cost/high deductible plans to continue into 2014 (and Congress is pushing on legislation to do the same) why would any young person in their right mind rush on to the not-yet-proven-secure Obamacare websites in order to shop for ridiculously overpriced plans asking them to subsidize granny?

The Los Angeles Times’ Maeve Reston reports on the efforts of Generation Opportunity to spread just that message and the efforts to gather enrollments by Enroll America and the Young Invincibles.  The president and his crackerjack team of health care specialists want to find 2.7 million suckers  enrollees between the ages of 18 to 34.  The older you get the more comprehensive health care insurance is a necessity, but an 18 year old in good health really just needs a catastrophic plan.  If that youngster is living in a state where the state insurance commissioner is forbidding the continued offering of low cost/high deductible plans —like Washington State— it may make economic sense to move depending on the minimum cost of the plan mandated by the state and the employability of the young person.

Chaos, of course, the sort that won’t resolve for months.  But rushing to sign up right now –before security tests of the exchanges are made and final legislative actions are taken– is nuts.

Other problems loom.  For a sampler, see David Nather’s piece in Politico this AM.

You can guess what today’s show –all three hours– will focus on.  The legislative Katrina that is Obamacare is too great a fiasco to turn our eyes away from.


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