Cost Of Health Plans Weighing Heavily On Decisions Of Young Adults

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A recent poll showed uninsured young adults are not too confident in President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

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According to the Harvard University poll, less than one-third of people aged 18-29 who are currently without health insurance said they are likely to enroll in the exchange.

Of those polled, 13 percent said they will definitely enroll, 16 percent said they will probably enroll and 41 percent said they are split on whether or not they will enroll in the exchange.

Some who spoke to CBS 2’s Dick Brennan said they’re too healthy to consider paying what they consider to be too much for health insurance.

“It’s too much money to spend for essentially nothing when your young and healthy.  When you get older and you need it, or when you have kids, when you get married — that’s when I feel like you’re going to need the health care,” uninsured Stefan Piccione said.

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Even some who support Obamacare admit the plan’s prices can be steep, Brennan reported.

“The deductibles are high, co-insurances are high, and the next question is what sort of network of physicians are they going to have?  Because how many physicians will really participate in this is still a question,” said Dr. Sam Unterricht, of the New York State Medical Society.

The same poll showed 57 percent of uninsured young adults disapprove of the law.

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