OUR TIME DAILY TRANSLATION
We've heard you say it many times: "Politics is like a foreign language." Well, we agree.
Each week, we summarize, simplify, and interpret different major news stories and how they affect our generation. We'll give you our take, and you can decide for yourself.
The Affordable Care Act requires all Americans to either buy health insurance or pay a penalty.
The fine for opting out of health insurance starts at $95 dollars. Because this is cheaper than most insurance plans, many young Americans are choosing to not buy insurance.
HOWEVER, there are ways to get health insurance without spending personal money including staying on your parents’ healthcare plan until age 26 — and some states may expand Medicaid to cover adults with incomes under $15,000.
WHY WE SHOULD CARE
30% of young Americans under 35 are not covered by health insurance, though they go to the emergency room more than any other demographic except seniors — We need affordable options!
OUR TIME OPINION
Opting out of health insurance for a penalty should not be a choice young Americans have to make — and it is critical young Americans know they do have inexpensive healthcare options.