The Real Obama Liberal Legacy is a periodic series to highlight the results of liberal progressivism put into practice.
Next up, a look at how Obamacare is hurting millennials.
Later today, President Obama is heading to Miami to speak to college students about Obamacare and the progress it’s made.
But something tells us they won’t end up buying what he’s selling. They certainly haven’t so far.
Obamacare has been anything but a hit with millennials—the group has among the highest rates of uninsured in the country. This, of course, is much to the dismay of the Obama administration—that whole subsidizing thing isn’t exactly working out as planned.
Here’s the thing: President Obama desperately needs millennials to sign up for coverage in order for the program to work, but young people are choosing not to. Why’s that?
For starters, many can’t afford it. Under Obamacare, insurance companies need to sell plans to young, healthy people at steep prices to keep the system above water (more on that here.) But in a time when students are juggling rising everyday costs, record student debt, and a sluggish job market, the last thing they need is another huge expense.
Others simply don’t want to—roughly 16 percent of Americans ages 25 to 34 have chosen to remain uninsured, and about 14 percent of those ages 35 to 44 have done the same. If you’re young and healthy, why pay for something you can’t afford?
Not to mention, millennials like to customize. Whether it’s Spotify or Apple Music, Uber or Lyft, Amazon Prime or . . . (well, everyone likes Amazon Prime), the point is: We encourage the power of making your own decisions, and the freedom in it, in most aspects of life—why should that stop with health care?
Plus, it isn’t an encouraging sign for their future. A few weeks ago, one university announced it will cut the working hours of its student employees to avoid Obamacare penalties, continuing a trend we’ve seen nationwide. Yep—because of Obamacare’s employee mandates, college students are now forced to choose between prioritizing their studies and paying their bills. So basically, even if they wanted to try and make their Obamacare plan work, Obamacare itself is making it harder for them to afford it.
C'est la vie? Not if we can help it.
Republicans believe it’s the patient and their physicians who know what’s best, not the government or an insurance company. We shouldn’t force people of any age into plans they don’t want—and can’t afford—to make the system work; we should have a system that works for whoever wants to be a part of it.
And that, my friends, is what a #BetterWay is all about: patient-centered, affordable, quality health care. Learn more at better.gop.