Helping Childless Adults

The Wall Street Journal concludes that the real winners of ObamaCare are low-income childless adults.  This obviously raises the question if this demographic is the correct one that society should be subsidizing above others:

“Health-care legislation in Congress aims to expand coverage to a major group among the uninsured: childless adults.

This group — mostly low-wage workers without employer-sponsored coverage — accounts for nearly 60% of the nation’s uninsured, according to a recent study by researchers at the Urban Institute, a Washington think tank.

That’s because by law this segment of the U.S. population is largely kept out of Medicaid, the federal-state health-insurance program for the poor and disabled. And they aren’t old enough to be eligible for Medicare, the federal insurance program for the elderly.”

The specific demographics of this group are:

“Nearly 25% of the non-elderly childless adults in the U.S. are between the ages of 19 and 24, a group that’s often not covered by their parents’ insurance but banks on good health, the Urban Institute study says. More than 36% are between the ages of 45 and 64 and nearly 40% are between the ages of 25 and 44 — many of whom are without insurance as well.”

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