A Kaiser Report Said 25% Youth ObamaCare Enrollment Was The Worst-Case Scenario. The Real Number is Even Worse

January 14, 2014

The White House released numbers late yesterday on the percentage of ObamaCare enrollees so far who are between the ages of 18 and 35, a key demographic group that the White House has repeatedly emphasized is crucial to the law’s success. The President’s health care law relies on the young and healthy to keep premiums low (which so far is not the case.)

A December report from the Kaiser Family Foundation identified a “worst-case scenario” in which just 25% of ObamaCare enrollees were under 35 years old. The actual numbers, though, are even worse.

According to the White House, just 24% of ObamaCare’s enrollees so far have been under 25 years old, a full percentage point lower than the worst-case scenario.

When will the Democrats realize that, despite three years of preparation, ObamaCare has, is, and will remain a train wreck?

From the Washington Examiner:

Just 24 percent of Americans signing up for coverage under President Obama’s health care law through December were part of the young adult demographic, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday — well below the nearly 39 percent the White House had once deemed essential to the law’s success.

In a new report, HHS said that through Dec. 28 (about halfway through the six-month open enrollment period), roughly 2.2 million Americans signed up for coverage on one of the law’s health insurance exchanges. That’s well below the administration’s target of 3.3 million. And HHS still hasn’t disclosed how many of those who have signed up for insurance have actually paid their first premiums, which is necessary for enrollment to be finalized.

Leading up to the launch of the exchanges Oct. 1, administration officials had been telling reporters that in order to be a success, 2.7 million of the projected 7 million enrollees in the health care law’s exchanges would need to be from the young adult demographic. Attracting a critical mass of young and healthy enrollees was seen as necessary to offset the cost of covering older and sicker Americans, particularly those with pre-existing conditions. But in the report, HHS said that just 24 percent of those who signed up so far were aged 18 to 34.