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Today’s Administration Pro-Obamacare Theme To Focus On 18-35 Year Olds

Meanwhile, a new poll looks into how 'young invincibles' feel about buying insurance while a second measures public thoughts on paying the fine instead of getting coverage.

The Hill: Obama To Pitch Health Law To Young Activists
President Obama will address a gathering of 18-35 year old activists Wednesday at the White House Youth Summit, the latest in an intensifying push to sell his signature healthcare law. Obama has placed a particular emphasis on recruiting young, healthy consumers to purchase insurance (Sink, 12/3).

Los Angeles Times: Obama To Urge 'Young Invincibles' To Buy Health Insurance
Wednesday's youth summit at the White House — and the evening Google chat with White House advisors David Simas and Kal Penn to reach a wider audience — will offer Obama a chance to reengage young people, a White House official said, and the president will make brief remarks. ... So far, the picture has been mixed. Polls show demand for health insurance among younger adults is strong, but federal officials have not released demographic data showing what percentage of sign-ups fell within the 18 to 34 age group (Reston, 12/3).

CBS News: 40 Percent Of People Under 30 Would Move For Better Health Insurance
More than 40 percent of Americans under the age of 30 say they would consider relocating if it meant access to better and/or less-expensive health insurance, according to a new study. While teens and 20-somethings are the age group usually most willing to move in general, the survey by also found that 28 percent of all Americans, no matter the age, would consider moving to a new state or county if it improved their coverage or made it less expensive (Von Hoffman, 12/3).

Politico: Poll: 28% Would Rather Pay Fine
More than a quarter of uninsured Americans say they are more likely to pay the fine than sign up for Obamacare before the deadline, a new poll shows. Twenty-eight percent of those surveyed say they will likely pay the fine, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday’s number that has remained consistent despite the approaching enrollment deadline in March (McCalmont, 12/4).

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