Skip to comments.Health Care Plans Attracting More Older, Less Healthy People
Posted on 01/13/2014 1:54:33 PM PST by Second Amendment First
People signing up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Acts federal and state marketplaces tend to be older and potentially less healthy, officials said Monday, a demographic mix that could cause premiums to rise in the future if the pattern persists.
But officials expressed optimism that more young people will sign up in the months ahead, calling it solid, solid news for the health care law. They said demand for insurance through the marketplaces was increasing sharply across all age groups and they said youth outreach will become more aggressive in the months ahead.
Were pleased to see such a strong response and heavy demand, said Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services. Among young adults, the momentum was particularly strong.
Officials for the first time released basic demographic information about the people signing up for insurance. Of those who signed up in the first three months, 55 percent are age 45 to 64, officials said. Only 24 percent of those choosing a health insurance plan are 18 to 34, a group that is usually healthier and needs fewer costly medical services. People 55 to 64 just below the age at which people qualify for Medicare -- represented the largest group, at 33 percent.
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“Health Care Plans Attracting Older, Less Healthy People”
Well, DUH! And in other news, water is still wet...
Or put another way, 76% of the people signing up are 35 to 64.
So more “subsidized” volunteers than “full-pay +” volunteers.
I don’t know who could have predicted this.
And I think most are medicaid plans where they won’t be contributiong any premium dollars.
I’m older, I have a group health plan AND I WANT TO KEEP IT!!!!!
Wasn’t FR talking about this long before and suddenly now MSM is making news about it?
But officials expressed optimism
But officials are delusional like the early 20th Century “scientific progessives”.
It’s okay: in a few years when the massive penalties kick in, the young will sign up.
They’ll have too.
doesn’t matter, any losses will be covered by the federal government with our tax dollars.
A big insurance bailout was written into Obamacare so it can’t fail.
The insurance companies could lose 1 trillion and it wouldn’t matter, they will just hand the government a bill for their losses.
We are screwed.
>> But officials expressed optimism ...
I’d like to express THEM.
It the way that one would express an olive to get the oil out.
Hmmm, all “enrollees are older, less healthy” ....perfect subjects for the Death Panels.
For the first time I really feel a twinge of sadness for these people, that they NEED to sign up for such crap, and/or they are so vulnerable and stupid to do so.
Our government has no need for these people. Their healthcare will be costly and unaffordable. What else will our government do but make it so hard on them they’ll just give up.
I just truly DESPISE our government, and the liberals who have promoted this. Such a scourge on this country.
How is it that the left can’t ever understand that this is going to happen with ALL of their policies?
The takers sign up in droves, those who pay for it will avoid it.
Maybe they do understand it, and that’s why they implement everything under the threat of force (government).
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ~!!!!!
Now I can see why the puppet masters picked this good little Apparatchik functionary to run it.
Apparatchik /ˌɑːpəˈrɑːtʃɪk is a Russian colloquial term for a full-time, professional functionary of the Communist Party or government
People will be scared into signing up. And once they're in and use it, I wonder how easy it will be for them to drop out.
>> Our government has no need for these people.
Not so! The government needs the reliable VOTES of these recipients of government handouts. And the government isn’t above bribes to get them!
(And extortion if the bribes fail.)
Rubes! Daddy gubmint just was put in place as claimant #1 on any assets said enrollee had at death.
Make no mistake, the people that Obamacare hurts are precisely the people that his administration WANTS to hurt.
Cant Øbama just let millions of immigrants into the country and pay taxes to offset the older versus younger citizens ?
The reason it isn't 100%, is that some states require everybody to go through the exchange if they do not have employer coverage.
Signing up does not mean PAID. This administration is the most fraudulent in history, and the idiots in the media let them get away with the fraud.
“Signing up does not mean PAID”
-Only white heterosexual men are required to pay
no. they’ll just pay the penalties and move on. less expensive that way. how did the supreme court every find this racket to be a tax anyhow?
Lots of new Expanded Medicaid enrollees, true, but their funding source is entirely separate from the exchange policies (much of the funding is coming from cuts to Medicare Advantage and other programs). So, in other words, people buying policies on the exchanges are not the same people paying to subsidize the E.M. enrollees.
Well, it’s not like anybody could have predicted that.
It also doesn't meant COVERED. It just means you're on a database.
These reports are from the Old Gray Hag therefore it is propaganda in its purest form.
Right now there is no way to collect the penalties except by taking them from tax refunds. And there are no criminal charges for not paying the penalties.
I had to check to see if this was satire. Sadly, it’s not.
Repeat after me, stupid liberals. Access does not mean health care. Access does not mean health care. Access does not mean health care. Access does not mean health care. The communists promised access to free health care and jobs for every man — and wound up delivering nothing at all.
Access is a lie and falsehood.
Besides Pajama Boy, I’m not aware of young adults lining up en mass to send $300/month on a plan with over $6K in deductibles and double that deductible for out of network care.
The penalties are low....for the first couple of years.
After that, the fine becomes CRUSHING.
Yes, FR was talking about this while the law was still being debated.
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