Young avoid coverage in Colorado

Denver Post:
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."

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that 40 percent of people ages 18 to 34 need to sign up for health insurance to defray the costs of coverage for older, sicker people, but so far those figures in Colorado and nationally are half that number.
There is more.

It appear that Leising is making a rational decision and is not a "knucklehead" as described by Michelle Obama.  This is just another example of what a steaming mess the Democrats have created by writing the healthcare law.  It should be repealed, since what we had before is significantly better than what they are trying to cram down our throats now.


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