source: CEA Health Care Report at 7
I haven't had a chance to match this with population-by-age data from the Census Bureau, but this chart confirms that age groups most likely to be healthy are most likely to be uninsured. Which is consistent with previous observations:
The figures unsurprisingly reflect the tax code's tie between health insurance and employment--young adults acquire insurance with entry-level jobs. But it also suggests deliberate choice. Young adults are statistically healthier than other age brackets, suggesting that some may deliberately choose not to be covered. This may not be a bad bet at that age, and there's no compelling reason for the government to override an individual's decision to "gamble."Though "choice" is a lefty soundbite, don't expect this option to survive.