Poll: Young Adults Expect Premiums to Rise Under Obamacare

Friday, 17 May 2013 03:48 PM

By Dan Weil

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A strong majority of Americans aged 18 to 40 expect their health insurance premiums to rise under the Affordable Care Act, according to a survey of 801 people conducted by Public Opinion Strategies March 25 to April 9.

The survey, conducted for the American Action Forum, showed that 64 percent of young adults expect their premiums to increase as a result of Obamacare, while only 9 percent expect them to fall and 17 percent think they'll remain the same.

Meanwhile, 55 percent of respondents have negative views of Obamacare's individual mandate to purchase insurance, and 46 percent said they would be hurt by it.

Of the 522 respondents in the survey who currently have health insurance and pay a monthly premium out of pocket, 17 percent say they will no longer purchase coverage if premiums go up 10 percent.

If premiums rise 20 percent, 35 percent say they will no longer pay for coverage. And if premiums increase 30 percent, 45 percent say they will drop coverage.

"The Affordable Care Act has a clear intent to increase healthcare coverage among Americans," Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of American Action Forum, said in a statement.

"However, the results of the poll indicate a clear health insurance price point for younger adults, above which they are no longer willing to purchase coverage for themselves and would rather pay the penalty."



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