Sound Medicine: Why should “young invincibles” purchase health insurance?

Sound Medicine is a radio show produced by the Indiana University School of Medicine and WFYI Public Radio. In the last few years, I’ve become their go-to guy on health policy. So, for those of you who would find your day brightened by the sound of my voice, enjoy the following:

Beginning Oct. 1, millions of uninsured Americans will be able to start the enrollment process for insurance under the Affordable Care Act. “Sound Medicine” health care policy analyst Aaron Carroll, M.D., M.S., speaks with Barbara Lewis about why it’s crucial to get the 19 million uninsured “young invincibles” signed up, too. Dr. Carroll explains that “young invincibles” are young adults ages 18 to 34 who don’t have health insurance and don’t believe they need it. Dr. Carroll stresses the need for this demographic because their participation will balance the insurance pool with an equal number of healthy and sick individuals.

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