Shifting the Health Care Cost Burden
|On Monday, Robert Samuelson weighs in, in the Post, his focus is more on the mandates than the deficit. He is especially concerned about the “burden on the young.” He writes, “Now comes the House-passed health-care “reform” bill that, amazingly, would extract more subsidies from the young. It mandates that health insurance premiums for older Americans be no more than twice the level of that for younger Americans. That’s much less than the actual health spending gap between young and old.”
He points out that AARP is all too happy to get young people to pay for their parents, “Meanwhile, AARP lobbyists scramble to shift their members’ costs onto younger generations.” But young adults don’t have an AARP to speak for them. So the House bill would make them buy more comprehensive coverage than they prefer, AND it would make them pay excessive premiums for that coverage. He adds, “Whatever the added burden, it would darken the young’s already poor economic prospects. Unemployment among 16- to 24-year-olds is 19 percent.”
The consequences for this country would be profound as younger people find it ever harder to start a family, set up a home, find a satisfying career, start a business, or simply take the time to decide what they want to do with their lives.
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