Young Americans and the Affordable Care Act

  • For many young Americans just starting out, the cost of health insurance has put health care out of reach. Others have passed up careers they’ve dreamed about to settle for any job that offers health benefits.
  • President Obama fought for the Affordable Care Act because he understands that access to quality, affordable health care is a foundation of middle-class security, and he wants to help young Americans gain some stability and control as they begin their careers and start families.
  • The law allows young Americans to stay on their parents’ insurance plan up to age 26.
  • It cracks down on insurance companies to prevent them from discriminating against people under the age of 19 with pre-existing conditions, while also creating a special insurance plan for others with pre-existing conditions.
  • On December 14, 2011, the Centers for Disease Control announced 2.5 million more young adults now have health coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

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