The realities of political marketing sink in on young people in Colorado, reports the Denver Post. They’re finding that their options under the “Affordable Care Act” aren’t affordable.
“Matt Leising spends about $3,600 a year on medication to treat asthma and sinus problems, so he was supportive when Washington politicians were debating the Affordable Care Act.
“After the law passed and then began rolling out last fall, Leising went to Colorado's health care exchange website to look for coverage, but the 29-year-old Littleton resident quickly realized he couldn't afford any of the plans. He said he checked single plans and family plans because he is engaged.
“The family plan with the lowest monthly premium had a deductible of $10,000, meaning he would still have to pay for his medication and other expenses, he said. He decided to just pay for his medication out of pocket and take the tax penalty.
“ ‘How could a young person nowadays afford it?’ asked Leising, the manager of a small business that doesn't provide health insurance. ‘I don't see how anyone in my age group can afford insurance unless they have a really good job.’”
Good luck with the “really good job” part five years into the Obama jobless recovery, but that’s another story. The problem for this man and for other young people is that Obamacare by design shifts costs onto them and off of people in their peak earning years. The young subsidize their elders. Naturally, the young are dismayed.
“Leising said he is disappointed that the law isn't providing him with affordable coverage.
“ ‘It didn't work out,’ he said. ‘I think I was naive, but I was younger then. I thought they were going to work out the problems, but no one seems to be addressing them.’”