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Young Voters Don’t Think They’re Better Off Under ObamaCare

RNC Communications - March 27, 2012

Young Voters Don’t Think They’re Better Off Under ObamaCare

Obama Says Young Americans Are Better Off Under ObamaCare

President Obama: “And This Year, Young Adults Will Be Able To Stay On Their Parents' Policies Until They're 26 Years Old.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks At Signing Of The Health Insurance Reform Bill, 3/23/10)

Health And Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius: “The Affordable Care Act Is Working – Especially For Young Adults.” “These data are one more sign that the Affordable Care Act is working - especially for young adults all across the country. We know young adults are the group least likely to have health insurance and while most are in great health, everyone needs insurance in case they experience an injury or illness.” (Kathleen Sebelius, “One Million More Young Adults Have Coverage Thanks To Health Law,” The White House Blog, 9/21/11)

The Message Will Be Part Of The Re-Election Campaign’s Pitch To Young Voters

The Obama Campaign Plans To Highlight ObamaCare In Appeals To Young Voters. “Staffers for the Obama campaign say they plan on highlighting a variety of White House policies that appeal to young voters in particular, including the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, a provision of the Affordable Care Act that allow adults to stay on their parents’ health care plan through age 26, and the end of the Iraq War.” (Benjy Sarlin, “Obama Campaign Kicks Off Campaign To Rally Youth Vote,” TPM, 11/3/11)

But Only 28 Percent Of Young Adults Believe They Are “Better Off” Under ObamaCare

According To A Kaiser Family Foundation Survey, Only 28 Percent Of Young Adults (Age 18-29) Think They Will Be “Better Off” Under ObamaCare. (“American’s Views On The Personal Impact Of The ACA And The Supreme Court Decision,” Kaiser Family Foundation, 3/26/12)

  • 26 Percent Of Young Adults Think That They Will Be “Worse Off” Under ObamaCare. (“American’s Views On The Personal Impact Of The ACA And The Supreme Court Decision,” Kaiser Family Foundation, 3/26/12)
  • 37 Percent Of Young Adults Think That ObamaCare Will Have “No Difference” On Their Lives. (“American’s Views On The Personal Impact Of The ACA And The Supreme Court Decision,” Kaiser Family Foundation, 3/26/12)

The Wall Street Journal: ObamaCare “One More Giant, Cross-Generational Subsidy—Imposed On Generations Who Are Already Stuck With The Bill For The Federal Government's Prior Spending Sprees.” “Making healthy young adults pay billions of dollars in premiums into the national health-care market is the only way to fund universal coverage without raising substantial new taxes. In effect, this mandate would be one more giant, cross-generational subsidy—imposed on generations who are already stuck with the bill for the federal government's prior spending sprees.” (David Rivkin, Lee Casey, “Mandatory Insurance Is Unconstitutional,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/18/09)


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