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Poll: Young Adults Consider Health Insurance Important

A poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation found a strong majority of young adults believe health insurance is worth the money.

Huffington Post: Young Adults Want Health Insurance, Don't Feel 'Invincible,' New Obamacare Poll Shows
Young adults overwhelmingly value health insurance and don't believe they are too healthy to need it, according to survey data published Wednesday. The findings of the poll by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation could have significant implications for the prospects of President Barack Obama's health care reform law (Young, 6/19).

Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Young Adults Value Health Insurance, Poll Finds
A strong majority of young adults, whose participation in the health law may be key to its success or failure, strongly believe health insurance is important for them and worth the money, according to a new poll. As some states and the federal government prepare new online marketplaces for people to purchase insurance this fall, the willingness of young people to buy coverage has been a topic of great uncertainty. Their participation in these marketplaces is considered crucial, since the young tend to be healthier than older people and, therefore, will use fewer medical resources, allowing their premiums to help subsidize the care of the old and sick (Rau, 6/19).

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The Fiscal Times: Confused IRS Tax Rules Threaten Obamacare Rollout
Last month, Gallup conducted a survey to determine small business attitudes toward the Affordable Health Care Act, better known as Obamacare. The results were not encouraging for backers of the law…But small businesses aren’t the only ones concerned about Obamacare implementation. Dave Du Val, vice president of tax services at, said tax preparers are worried the IRS won’t be prepared (Pianin and Francis, 6/19).

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