Twitter Chat: Will Health Insurance Exchanges Be a Benefit or a Burden?

BY Bridget Shirvell  August 21, 2013 at 11:16 AM EDT

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Open enrollment for health insurance exchanges begins Oct. 1. The Obama administration is hoping to enroll 7 million people in the exchanges by the end of March 2014, including 2.5 million young, healthy people.

Young Americans are the key to the success of the program, but whether the exchanges will benefit them and if they will sign up for them are still big unknowns. A June 2013 Kaiser Family Foundation poll showed that 74 percent of people age 30 and under believe it’s very important to have health insurance. About 51 percent are unsure the Affordable Care Act is still the law.

In this week’s Twitter chat we discussed health insurance exchanges, whether it’s important to have health insurance, some of the reasons why people remain uninsured, and if health care reform will benefit or burden young people.

View a transcript of the chat below.