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Rallying the Youts on Health Care

Arianne Lynch at Advocacy Solutions sends along this amusing video from a pro-health care reform group, the Young Invincibles, attempting to get young people involved in the push.

A SurveyUSA poll this summer found that young people supported health care reform more than any other age bracket. From the Los Angeles Times:

Adults 18 to 29 are the group most supportive of President Obama's plan to overhaul healthcare, according to a recent poll by SurveyUSA. They are also the age group that most supports creating a government-run health insurance option.

Young people account for 30% of the uninsured population, according to a report by the Commonwealth Fund, a health policy research foundation. They are least likely to be offered health insurance through employment benefits -- just 53% of working young adults are eligible for employer-based coverage. And since their incomes tend to be low, buying coverage on their own is usually too expensive.

But youthful support for reform, and for the president, is wavering of late. From the New York Times, earlier this month:

A solid majority of younger voters, among the most fervent supporters of President Obama during last year’s election, approve of his performance so far, according to a newly released poll. But at the same time, a majority of respondents also oppose how Mr. Obama is managing a host of major issues facing the country.

The poll, from Harvard’s Institute of Politics, found 58 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds backed the president’s performance, while 39 percent opposed it.

But the survey, conducted in November, found that two of three respondents did not support a troop buildup in Afghanistan.

A slim majority (52 percent) also disapproved of how the president was handling the economy, the issue respondents overwhelmingly called the most important of the day.

The poll also found a fairly deep divide on health care, with 48 percent of respondents supporting an overhaul. Meanwhile, 30 percent were in favor of more limited changes, with 22 percent saying the issue should take a back seat for now.

John Della Volpe, the director of polling at the Harvard institute, said the poll showed that opinions of younger voters — who according to exit polls voted for Mr. Obama by a 2-to-1 margin last year — were now more in line with the general voting population.

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