Two Million Plus Young Americans Now Have Healthcare Coverage

The Supreme Court announced yesterday that it would heararguments in March on the Obama Administration’s 2010 health care reform law.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA orACA) became law in March 2010, after being passed by a Democratic congressionalmajority.
Some 26 states, including Georgia are challenging the law onthe grounds that the “individual mandate” section requiring all Americans tobuy health insurance or face financial fines constitutes the federal governmentover reaching its authority.
The announcement comes a week after the Centers for DiseaseControl (CDC) released data that indicates the number of young adults withouthealth insurance fell by 2.5 million this year.
The CDC data reveals that young adults between 19-25 withoutprivate insurance fell from about 10.5 million to 8 million between 2010 andthe middle of 2011. According to the Census Bureau, the record high number oftotal uninsured climbed to 49.9 million in 2010.

The plausible reason for the decrease is a provision in theAffordable Care Act, which requires insurers offering family coverage toinclude dependents up through the age of 25. This provision was a popular oneamong voters, and there is little surprise why. Most of the other coverageprovisions in the Affordable Care Act will begin in 2014.

The Department of Health and Human Services has reportedthat young adults 19-24 have been the group that was least likely to be insuredin the past. The new HHS estimates show the percentage of insured young peoplein that age group rose from 64% to 73%.
It doesn’t seem that long ago when the raging healthcaredebate seemed to experience the same fate as the current payroll tax expansion,political kick ball. Americans were uncertain if we would see any kind ofhealthcare reform, let alone a plan that offered results in just a year.
The legal decisions regarding federal healthcare in the United Statesmay well be made by the courts but the results of revolutionary healthcarereform are evident today in the lives of some 2.5 million insured Americans.Those are results that matter.


  1. Burroughston Broch says: