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To keep youth vote, Democrats should repeal Obamacare

Forcing young people to buy expensive health insurance (and subsidize the old and sick) isn't good for the Democrats, and it isn't good for young people.

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Democrats may want to consider voting to repeal health reform if they want to keep the youth vote.

Young people tend to lean left until they start paying taxes. Starting in 2014, Democrats face a harsher version of this tendency: Young people vote Democratic until they have to pay taxes and purchase health insurance.

The Obamacare individual mandate essentially targets my age group – 18- to 29-year-olds – to flood health insurance pools with low-risk premiums to bring costs down for everyone else. The young and healthy must subsidize the old and sick by buying plans they may not need.

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Young professionals with entry-level salaries, many of whom are not yet covered by their employers, will be forced to buy costly insurance or face a fee totaling up to 2.5 percent of their income. As someone entering the job market, I will soon be hit by this added cost right when I’m trying to establish a financial base. I won’t qualify for federal assistance, and rather than making insurance more affordable, the health care law requires young people like me to incur even more costly premiums.

The price controls in the health-care law require insurance companies to maintain a stability level among prices between age groups. Therefore, the catastrophic coverage I would seek would cost more than it would today. Plus, the minimum level of coverage required by law will be more comprehensive and more expensive, making it even less likely to be purchased by employers.


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