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Congressman Johnson not surprised young people aren't buying health insurance

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WEATHERSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio - With 10 days left to enroll in the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration says around five million Americans have already signed up.  That is nearly two million shy of the administration's original goal.

The administration was hoping to enroll seven million Americans by the March 31st deadline.  The administration was hoping 40% of those enrollees would be young people between the ages of 18 and 34. 

The latest figures show just 25% of are actually a part of that age group.  Representative Bill Johnson, who spoke before the National Associations of Independent Financial Advisors and Health Underwriters on Friday, says he's not surprised more young people aren't signing up.

"They're asking young people to bear a disproportionate share of the cost of this health care law.  They are asking for them to pay for something that they don't want, that they don't need, and that they probably aren't going to use because they are healthier in their younger years," said Congressman Bill Johnson.

Johnson says he's spoke with hundreds of constituents, who, since the launch of the Affordable Care Act, have either lost their health care plans or have seen their premiums skyrocket.

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