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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Re: Young Americans Support Universal Health Care

posted by on June 27 at 9:23 AM

As Dan linked in today’s Morning News, young Americans are leaning left—supporting things like gay marriage, open immigration, and universal health care.

Maybe (on the health care thing, anyway) it’s because, increasingly, according to new data from the CDC, they don’t have health care.

The number of adults without health insurance jumped by 2 million from 2005 to 2006, according to a new federal report.

Uninsured Americans numbered 43.6 million last year, a 6 percent increase from 2005, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Almost all the increase was in the non-elderly adult population — a trend attributed to diminishing employer coverage and pricier private insurance.

The change in non-elderly adults was significant, but the overall increase was not, CDC officials said. The overall count of the uninsured has been fluctuating between 41 and 44 million over the last five years and is not really trending up, they said.

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Young Americans don't have health care because they'd rather spend the cost of the premiums on rent, food, and booze, and can see that as a viable trade off, since they're unlikely to become seriously ill. Most of the time, they're going to end up in the emergency room because of accidents, and knowing that they're immortal, don't worry about it.

Posted by Gitai | June 27, 2007 9:56 AM

it is certainly seems true that young people in general would rather spend their money on things that are a bit more entertaining than health care.

Posted by infrequent | June 27, 2007 10:16 AM

Insurance for basically healthy people with good habits would be affordable if we didn't have to pay for all of the obese, the smokers, the sedentary, eaters of processed food, etc. Imagine how expensive car insurance would be if we spread the cost of bad driving habits over the entire driver base.

Posted by kinaidos | June 27, 2007 10:23 AM

I have health insurance, which I use STUDENT LOANS to pay for....unreal. The day I got booted of my mother's insurance was a sad one.

Posted by Dianna | June 27, 2007 1:29 PM

Kinaidos, you have it exactly backwards. Spreading risk over large populations is precisely the POINT of insurance. And all those healthy young people (many of whom are not as healthy as they think they are) are going to be old and decrepit someday. But I guess in your world if you eat processed food you deserve to die unattended to.

Posted by Fnarf | June 27, 2007 1:46 PM

What use is bending over backwards and paying for health care when in the end they drop you or refuse to pay for you when you get badly injured or come down with a serious illness! They take your money with a smile and when you call for help they throw you out on the street! Health care is an illusion, a false sense of saftey made possible to the american public by billionarie healthcare CEO'S who see you as nothing more then an end of the year sucker who just bought them an additional 72" plasma screen to go in their freaking kitchen! Socialized medicine is a proven, established working system around the world! Travel and you'll realize the USA isn't all its hyped up to be!

Posted by Fedup | July 11, 2007 9:18 AM

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