Costs will rise for the young under Obamacare

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 - 9:09 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 - 9:32 am

Re "Obamacare is nothing scary" (Letters, Sept. 25): The letter writer believes the Affordable Care Act will vastly reduce your costs, provide huge numbers of free service sand excellent coverage standards.

Federal officials disagree. Their data released Tuesday of costs for federal exchanges in 36 states reveals the truth: for many younger, healthier people, health care premiums will increase.

Examples? In Nashville, Tenn., a 27-year-old male could pay as little as $41 a month now for a bare-bones policy, but would pay $114 a month for the lowest-cost bronze option in the new federal health exchanges. The least-expensive bronze policy would rise to $195 a month in Philadelphia for that same 27-year-old, from $73 today. In Cheyenne, Wyo., the lowest-cost option would be $271 a month, up from $82 today.

The nagging fear of Obamacare supporters is young people rejecting the program and opting to pay the penalty instead, leaving a disproportionate number of older, sicker participants.

Excellent coverage? The feds admitted Tuesday that "most people will have a choice of two carriers. Some will have only one choice."

As for "free services", what part of tax increases and penalties is murky? Federal government and "free" are mutually exclusive terms.

-- D.W. Collum, El Dorado Hills

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