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July 30, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Seeking young people for health care

New law is self-defeating

Chris Brown, with Washington healthplanfinder, trains Seattle and King County employees to be able to go forth and enroll the uninsured for the federal health care law. [Ellen M. Banner, The Seattle Times.]

Chris Brown, with Washington healthplanfinder, trains Seattle and King County employees to be able to go forth and enroll the uninsured for the federal health care law. [Ellen M. Banner, The Seattle Times.]

Your article points out that signing up healthy, young adults is “crucial to the success” of the new federal health-care law. [“Blazing the trail for health-care enrollment,” page one, July 28.]

The law is self-defeating, since the center of the law requires that insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions be covered.

Why should the young sign up at all? There is no incentive for them to do so. Rather than pay for insurance, they can pay a minimal penalty, and if they do get sick, they can then buy any insurance needed.

Wayne Jensen, Kirkland

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