In his interview at the White House, Obama said that young adults should get covered even if they felt like they didn’t need insurance. He said that he had broken his nose playing basketball during his late 20s or early 30s, despite a sense of “invincibility.”
“There were times when I had unexpected illnesses or accidents,” he said. “This is a good investment for young people and you know when you look at the number of who actually want health insurance, but are having trouble affording it, that fact we are making it affordable for them … [is] a big deal.”
The figures refer to people eligible for marketplaces run by or partially run by the federal government. HHS leads or co-leads the exchanges in 34 states.
The report boosts the administration’s argument that young, healthy people who are uninsured should sign up for health coverage under ObamaCare.
The marketplaces are open to people with pre-existing conditions, so they need millions of healthy applicants to balance risk and premium prices.