Now concern seems to be focused on whether the various health plans will have enough healthy people in their mix of customers to keep premiums stable. And that has everyone looking at the percentage of younger enrollees, particularly those between ages 18 and 34. On average, young people have lower health care costs than older people.
February’s numbers looked OK, but not great when gauged that way. Of those signing up for insurance last month, 27 percent were in that coveted young adult demographic. That was up 3 percentage points from the first three months of open enrollment, but the same as January.
As a result, the percentage of young adults who have enrolled in insurance through the exchanges since they opened Oct. 1 remains at 25 percent.
Women are more numerous in the exchanges than men — 55 percent and 45 percent respectively. Some analysts have suggested that could pose a problem, since women tend to use more health care services.
The Idiot King is working overtime to get the younger demographic enrollment numbers up. As the end of March nears, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him doing keg stands at frat houses and referring to himself as “the skinny Kardashian”.