Ellison Barber: Medicaid Expansion Under Obamacare ‘Not Financially Sustainable’

Another reason not many young people are signing up

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The Washington Free Beacon‘s Ellison Barber appeared on Fox News Friday to discuss another Obamacare problem for the White House: whether enough young people will sign up to fund the program.

So far, the numbers are poor, and while Barber explained some of that is due to the well-established website difficulties the program's had since its Oct. 1 inception, there's also the blunder of expanding Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act and thinning the pool of young people even further.

"Those people who are now newly eligible are all adults who don't have dependent children," she said. "Typically, that's going to be a younger group, so there's some of your young and healthy people right there being moved into the Medicaid expansion program, and that's not financially sustainable longterm, because they need young people."

Barber also talked about the provision allowing young people to stay on their parents' health insurance until age 26, saying that also cut into the group of "young invincibles" being counted on by the Obama administration to make the law work.

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