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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Health Care for Young People

Ezra Klein posts about an interesting idea raised by Andy Stern, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).  Mr. Stern advocates:

We’re thinking of creating a new organization called My Life that would be mainly focused on 18 to 34 year olds. It would be web-based, and what it would allow people to do is purchase on a national level health care that you can move from job to job. You’d also be able to do things like tweak your resume on file permanently in your personal account. You could access debit cards potentially and start doing some of the new financial transactions like putting money on your cell phone. It would have opportunities for people to network with other people who are doing similar jobs or somewhat of a Craigslist-type function. It would be in some ways what AARP is for seniors: a place that advocates on their behalf. But clearly it’s a different form of organization; whether you call that a union, or an internet community, or an association, I’m not sure. But it has that kind of potential.

Here from Atrios at Eschaton is an initial on-line responses to the idea. 

Responding to various commenters and emailers, as a means of fixing the horrible health care system in this country it is true that a group plan for young people is probably a terrible idea, except to the extent that it could blossom into something for everyone. But as a means of fixing the problem that younger people don't have portable health insurance it's possibly an excellent idea. Lots of 20somethings either don't have jobs with health insurance or have to make life decisions based on having to find a job which will give them health insurance.

You have to scroll down a bit to find the posts (there are two of them "My Life" and "Health Care for the Young Ones" -- I apologize that I could not find a way to link to them directly but some of the comments are interesting).

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