Adults aged 19 to 29 are the biggest group of the newly uninsured, according to an independent research group's report released on WednesdayAVERAGE MONTHLY HEALTHCARE INSURANCE PAYMENTS FOR THIS DEMOGRAPHIC IS $95 - OR LESS.
That age group made up 30 percent of the 45 million Americans without health insurance in 2005, according to the nonpartisan Commonwealth Fund.
Young adults, many who are just entering the workforce and can't afford the high cost of individual insurance, are the big drivers of an increase in uninsured adults, the report said.
"They are at a vulnerable place in the labor market," said study author Sara Collins, an assistant vice president at the fund.
U.S. employers, especially smaller businesses, are increasingly opting not to offer health insurance, leaving workers to fend for themselves in the health insurance market.
"If you don't get coverage through your employer, you're left to the individual market, and it's a very difficult market to negotiate," Collins said.
Health insurance officials often cite their efforts to market to uninsured young adults. Insurers describe this demographic as the "young invincibles," saying this group adopts an attitude that their youth protects them and therefore they do not need insurance.
THIS DEMOGRAPHIC SPENDS THAT ON "PERSONAL ENTERTAINMENT" EACH MONTH INSTEAD OF HEALTHCARE BECAUSE THEY ARE HEALTHY, AND MANY KNOW THAT THEY CAN GET FREE CARE IN ANY EMERGENCY ROOM.
MORE ON THE BOGUS "45 MILLION UNINSURED" HERE.
MORE ON THE SHEER IDIOCY OF SOCIALIZED HEALTHCARE HERE.
BOTTOM-LINE: SO-CALLED UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE IS A ONE-WAY TICKET TO EVER INCREASING TAXES, RATIONING AND LOUSY CARE.
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