MNsure is counting on the young signing up, but typical enrollee is 50

  • Article by: Jeremy Olson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 22, 2013 - 7:54 AM

Insurers priced premiums on hopes of a healthier customer base.

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dentesterDec. 21, 13 7:43 PM

Karl Marx failed because he refused to consider the role of human nature in his collectivist model. When given the option, many people will choose to escape, causing the system to collapse. That's why they had to build walls around their society to force people to participate whether they wanted to or not. Barack Obama and the democrat architects of this mandatory health insurance system are learning the same lesson.

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jimdryDec. 21, 13 9:51 PM

it's incredible to think anyone believes this will work. I went without car insurance when I was young of course it was legal then. With rent, food, vehicles, student loans, young healthy people who aren't covered by an employer will not pay for insurance month after month that they don't use. Even if they start, after a few months of not using it and running out of money they will discontinue. By the time they realize it won't work this way and re-figure the cost of the premiums the price will be so high it will be back to the drawing board.

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asdubiakDec. 21, 1310:20 PM

Say it cant be so. I thought young people loved obamacare!!!

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adctelDec. 22, 1312:07 AM

Based on observation of my two 20 something children who never read a paper, never listen to the radio, never watch television and don't open mail unless it's email, I would be surprised if most people this age have the slightest idea Obamacare exists or that they are required to sign up for it. If the government isn't in touch with these people through social media or the internet they have not gotten the message.

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reidDec. 22, 1312:26 AM

Let's see: Young, jobs are hard to find, energy costs at sky high levels, lack of enthusiasm for the future with article after article in the papers and on TV saying the gap in haves and have nots is ever increasing. Now, along comes a government program with clearly stated goals of milking what little money they did have left over, if any, to pay for others, and there is lack of enthusiasm to sign up to suck what few dollars they have away from them? The real-world experience is that sure, some catastrophic things happen to their peers, but usually an accident and of course it is always someone else's fault or related to job or cars, so there is another kind of insurance to cover such things. That someone would even think that this might have a snowball's chance in hell of working voluntarily was so crazy, they may as well be elected to congress! Wait, they were. And the idiots sitting on the supreme court had to twist themselves into a pretzel to come up with logic that they sort of seemed to think would be OK to force all US citizens to buy something, whether they wanted it or not. Land of the free. Free to pursue life, liberty and happiness. Except if it comes to redistributing the wealth, comrades.

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greatxDec. 22, 1312:56 AM

"Medica created similar products and launched a campaign with ad images of a young gay couple, an ear with six piercings and a sky boarder"

Yeah, that is what Minnesota is full of, gays w/ ear piercings and "sky" boarders!

I never thought about getting health insurance until I was in my late thirties.

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greatxDec. 22, 1312:57 AM

"When given the option, many people will choose to escape, causing the system to collapse."

Agreed!

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greatxDec. 22, 1312:59 AM

"it's incredible to think anyone believes this will work. I went without car insurance when I was young of course it was legal then. With rent, food, vehicles, student loans, young healthy people who aren't covered by an employer will not pay for insurance month after month that they don't use"

How does it feel to be duped?

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chuckdancerDec. 22, 13 1:44 AM

It seems to me that anyone without coverage is a known risk for everyone else. Nobody has a guarantee of good health and everyone knows that is true. Those without resources are eligible for programs until they do have resources and those with resources have multiple coverage options from which to choose. No matter your age, any healthy person, most of us, don't have an immediate need for health care or health care insurance. To say we don't need coverage however is just plain stupid and irresponsible. It is becoming more obvious that a system of national universal care is the only thing that will be effective in a country of people that can't or aren't honest enough to handle responsibility.

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Rob7304Dec. 22, 13 1:49 AM

Jimdry nails it. The burrowrats and the control freaks need to let go. Let the market work. Let freedom work. If we don't and continue on this reckless path, we will be the next France, which is in an economic freefall, with liberty being the first casualty.

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