Despite congressional Democrats’ best efforts to preserve the Affordable Care Act, Millennials are reaffirming House Republicans’ hopes of repealing Obamacare, with many expecting the law to be done away with in the coming years.
According to a recent United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, more than half of 18-to-29-year-olds expect the Affordable Care At to be repealed in 2014, though all attempts to do so have failed. The survey found that 18 percent of young Americans said it was “very likely” Obamacare would be repealed by Congress next year. Thirty-three percent said it was “somewhat likely.”
Since the Affordable Care Act passed Congress in 2010, Republicans have tried desperately to repeal the law, even going so far as to shut down the government for several weeks in October. The House of Representatives, led by Republicans, voted more than 45 times to do away with Obamacare, though much to no avail.
The White House has pulled out all the stops to encourage Millennials to enroll in Obamacare’s exchanges, asking President Obama’s Hollywood supporters to promote the law and even going so far as to host its very own Youth Summit. However, the Obama administration’s efforts have done little to remedy the fact that these so-called young invincibles just aren’t signing up.
But the White House has no choice but to keep trying. In order for the price of premiums to remain low, more than 2.7 million 18-to-35-year-olds — almost 40 percent of the White House’s target total enrollment — must purchase coverage under the law.
The Department of Health and Human Services has yet to release data surrounding the number of people enrolled in Obamacare based on age demographics. However, figures HHS did provide showed a substantially less amount enrolled than was expected: 106,000 selected plans during the first month compared to the White House’s projection of 500,000.
National Journal’s findings echo those of a Harvard Institute of Politics survey which found that 57 percent of Millennials disapprove of Obamacare.
The United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll surveyed 1,003 adults by both landline and cell phone from Nov. 21-24. The margin of error for the study is +/- 3.6 percent points.