Poll: Obamacare ‘Has Already Had A Significant Effect’ On Young Adults

A new Gallup poll reports that fewer U.S. adults between the ages of 26 to 64 are getting health insurance through an employer in 2012 — a continuation of a downward trend in employer-based insurance that first began in 2008. Meanwhile, the percentage of 18- to 25-year-olds with employer-based insurance is stable and may have even increased this year. The polling firm notes that the Affordable Care Act provision that allows those up to age 26 to stay on their parents’ health insurance plans “has already had a significant effect” on 18- to 25-year-old Americans’ ability to gain health insurance. This supports the findings of last month’s poll from the Commonwealth Foundation, which reported that 6.6 million young adults are now covered under Obamacare thanks to the option to opt into their parents’ plans.