Obamacare, you see, is not a website. It is not a specific insurance plan. It is not some kind of utopian state of existence in which nobody ever suffers at all. It is simply a collection of laws.
One of those laws came into effect in 2010, and guaranteed that young people could stay on their parents’ insurance plans until the age of 25. The goal was to reduce the high rate of uninsured individuals in this group, caused primarily by the high rate of unemployment in this age group.
And it worked. It worked completely. It closed the gap, so that now 19 to 25 year-olds are no more likely to be uninsured than older young adults (26 to 24 year olds).
It worked completely… but lucky for conservatives, it worked silently.
There was no fanfare. There was no big announcement. There were no press conferences. The law simply set out to solve a problem… and solved it.
And this law was part of Obamacare.
Obamacare – at least part of it – was a total success. Luckily, nobody noticed. People are convinced that the entire existence of Obamacare hinges on a website and some abstract “future thing” that hasn’t happened yet. And isn’t that just the way we conservatives want it to be?
Plus, the graph is just so tiny. Look at that tiny graph. It’s really better if you just ignore it completely.
graph data source: American Community Survey datagraph found via: Economix Blog