Covered California Pitching Health Care To College Students

CBS13 | CBS Sacramento

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The image projected before the classroom at California State University, Los Angeles showed a pair of gleeful sky divers plunging through the air.

“You’re young and you’re healthy…. Why do you need health insurance?” a caption asked.

The answer to that question – posed in a presentation by a state-funded medical insurance educator working on California campuses – is vital to efforts to overhaul the nation’s health care system, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday (http://lat.ms/JvmHso ).

Supporters and detractors of the Affordable Care Act are fixating on so-called “young invincibles,” generally healthy adults in their 20s and 30s who don’t rack up large medical bills. Only by collecting premiums from more infrequent users of medical services can insurance plans expect to offset higher costs of treating newly insured older and sicker patients.

With critics producing ads urging them not to sign up, it’s unclear…

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