If you are young, old or somewhere in-between, life is full of sharp curves. My father used to say, "If you have your health, you can do anything." He was right. When you don't have it anymore, you want to be very sure that whoever can help you get back on track is not beyond your financial grasp. Mental, physical or emotional health problems are only a happenstance away. Rather than continuing to tell young people that they're needed to make the Affordable Care Act work, why not start telling them that their health matters, that denial has never been a cure, that there are lots of risks they'll take in their youth but not having health insurance is a risk that affects everyone who loves you and every dream you have.
Because of a provision in the Affordable Care Act allowing parents to keep children on their family policies until they turn 26, 6.6 million young adults are now insured. But beneficial as the reform law has been to millions of families, it hasn't been of help to young people in families with uninsured parents.