As regular readers know, WaMo’s Ten Miles Square is an outlet both for original web-only contributions and for cross-posts from a few sites we view as especially relevant to our own mission. We’re happy to report that a new source of TMS material is Republic 3.0, a site co-founded by former WaMo Special Projects Editor Anne Kim (who also happens to be and old friend and colleague of mine). Along with her co-founder Rob Keast, Anne will be publishing material on “practical solutions to make government and the economy work better.”
Our first Republic 3.0 item is a very handy explanation of why “young invincibles” need the kind of health insurance available via Obamacare:
A big challenge for Obamacare boosters has been convincing young Americans that they need coverage – and not just because their premiums will help subsidize health care costs for older, sicker people.
While it’s true that younger people are less prone to suffering from expensive, chronic diseases, such as diabetes, they are far more likely than older Americans to suffer from catastrophic – and costly – injuries and accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), unintentional, non-fatal injuries caused more than $6.8 billion in hospitalization costs for people ages 20-34 in 2005 (the last year for which data are available).
The CDC also finds that young people are far more likely than older people to be treated in emergency rooms for accidental injuries. For example, people ages 25-34 were about as twice as likely as people ages 55-64 to be injured in car accidents, more than six times as likely to be hurt in assaults, and more likely to be poisoned, bitten or to suffer unintentional “cuts and piercings.” They were also almost as likely to fall.
So as Anne says, they’re not so “invincible” after all.