Is an ObamaCare “Death Spiral” on the Horizon?

Thursday, January 23, 2014
By Paul Martin

by Michael Tennant
Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Is health insurance under ObamaCare headed for a “death spiral” of increasing premiums as a result of an influx of older, less healthy individuals into the insurance market?

“According to figures released [January 13] by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, only 24 percent of the 2.2 million people who have already signed up for Obamacare are between the ages of 18 and 34, just a little more than half of the 40 percent the administration admitted it needed to keep premiums affordable,” reported

This makes sense considering that premiums for those individuals are rising to offset the cost of covering older and sicker individuals, whom insurers must now cover at rates comparable to those being charged to people expected to draw few benefits. If not enough young, healthy people buy coverage, insurers will be forced to raise premiums on existing policyholders, which will encourage even more young and healthy individuals to drop coverage, leading to another round of rate hikes, and so on, until the health-insurance industry goes under.

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