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How Obamacare helped millennials chill out
Washington Post

If you’re a young person right out of college, you might not be quite sure what to do with your life yet. You might want to spend more time figuring that out, but you can’t afford to take a break from work to do so, because you need health insurance — and having a job is the only way to get it.

That was the situation for Americans between the ages of 19 and 26, 30 percent of whom didn’t have health insurance before 2010, when the Affordable Care Act went into effect. Although young people have been slow to sign up on their own, insurance plans have to cover dependent children through age 26, resulting in increased coverage— and a lot more young people who don’t necessarily have to work in order to have access to health care. New research suggests that some of those young people are taking advantage of the newfound freedom, and are feeling pretty good about it.