Millennials still down on Obama and Obamacare
How is the White House supposed to sell an agenda to young people when they no longer support President Obama and aren’t to fond of Obamacare? That’s a question some White House advisors should be asking themselves after yet another poll confirms that Millennials disapprove of President Obama’s job performance and they’re decisively opposed to Obamacare:
Forty-five percent of 18- to 29-year-old Americans say they approve of the way Obama is handling his job; 46% disapprove of his job performance, according to a year-end USA TODAY/Pew Research Center Poll. The president’s approval rating with young Americans — which stood at 67% just ahead of his second inauguration less than a year ago — now mirrors the general population, according to the poll.
In the USA TODAY/Pew poll, just 41% approve of his signature health care policy, while 54% disapprove. Overall, 40% of Americans approve and 55% disapprove of his health care policy, according to the poll.
The USA Today/Pew poll fairly consistent with others from Quinnipiac and ABC News/Washington Post, but, not as devastating as the recent Harvard University survey. But the problems for President Obama don’t end at his approval rating. The opposition to Obamacare found in the USA Today/Pew poll is probably the worst news, though, likely related to his declining numbers.
The administration and insurers are relying heavily on young people to enroll in health plans available on the state and federal exchanges to offset the costs of sick and older people who sign-up. Of the administration’s 7 million enrollments estimate, 2.7 million were expected to be people between the ages of 18 and 35.
The White House and administrative have tried just about everything to get young people to enroll, hosting summits and getting celebrities to promote Obamacare. But they’re not enrolling in the anticipated numbers through state-based exchanges, which is a very serious concern.
If Millennials don’t enroll and the risk pool is disproportionate with sick and elderly people, insurers will be forced to raise insurance premiums. Some may even pull out of the exchanges, leaving fewer choices for consumers, which is already a problem in some states.