Older adults, more expensive to cover, outnumber young people so far in health care signups

  • Article by: RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 13, 2014 - 5:20 PM

WASHINGTON — It's an older, costlier crowd that's signing up so far for health insurance under President Barack Obama's law, according to government figures released Monday. Enrollments are lower for the healthy, younger Americans who will be needed to keep premiums from rising.

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WaterBunkerJan. 13, 14 3:40 PM

Better question to be answered is what the income levels are of any group. That will be more revealing than age. There is no doubt the administration has the data, but is not going to release it until some other major news story breaks.

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minn12Jan. 13, 14 4:18 PM

Early warning signs of the 'death spiral' that is coming. Of course the young, 'invincible' kids aren't going to sign up. We told you so. Obamacare is many millions short of the needed young people and overall numbers to prevent it from collapsing. The whole thing is going down in flames, and no 'marketing' campaign is going to save it. Just wait till later this year when employers start cancelling millions more Americans. Then it will really hit the fan. Remember this next election, and throw out of office every single politician who voted for this boondoggle. Especially Al Franken, the 60th vote, and Amy Klobuchar, both Obama rubber-stamps.

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dentesterJan. 13, 14 4:32 PM

Over 5 million people have been kicked off their insurance policies but only 2 million have signed up with Obamacare to replace them? How's that work?

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markc1Jan. 13, 14 4:48 PM

OK young people, go into the old system the GOP likes where you get dropped if you get sick or injured.

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rtwall59Jan. 13, 14 4:49 PM

Duh! If you are going to charge young people extraordinary amounts for coverage they are not going to use, what the heck do you expect?

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akamurphJan. 13, 14 4:50 PM

"— Nearly four out of five who signed up got financial help with their premiums" -- Who's paying for all these people? Oh, that's right, I am.

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logicreasonJan. 13, 14 4:59 PM

Get ready for higher premiums! The question is whether the higher premiums in next year's open enrollment will come out before or after the election. Of course it will be after, just like all the other mandates the administration delayed until after the election. "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it!" Except when you can't. "The ACA will lower healthcare costs!" Except when costs actually go up.

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jbpaperJan. 13, 14 5:07 PM

""The uninsured folks for whom the law was intended don't seem to have signed up in nearly as high numbers," said Richard Foster,"----- In other words, we spent billions of dollars setting up multiple exchanges so that those who already have insurance can buy insurance.

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WaterBunkerJan. 13, 14 5:35 PM

The employer mandate was postponed one year and one month to get past the 2014 election cycle. When employers determine (and many already have)that they are not going to provide coverage consistent with ObamaCare, many more millions will be thrust into the exchanges. That may help the ratios but will cause a major disruption. I have no idea how this will end, but there will be an extreme amount of dissatisfaction. And unfortunately for dems, in spite of their best efforts everyone will know how they will be affected before the election.

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clnorthJan. 13, 14 5:39 PM

jbpaper. Actually the exchanges were setup to redistribute wealth. It gives tax credits to those that can't affored insurance. It is amazing that noboty calls this what it truly is. Just another way for Obama to redistribute weatlth and he continually gets a free pass from the media.

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