Why This Texas 'Young Invincible' Bought Obamacare

Dec 20, 2013

In the first two months of Obamacare, 14,000 Texans purchased insurance. One of them was Misty Parker. This so-called “young invincible” has a premium of $38 a month.

When Parker, 31, left her job and lost her health insurance in 2012, she started to search for a new position, with benefits. But like many millennials, she’s looking to make a difference -- and it wasn’t easy to find a job that offered both revolution and health insurance.

“Because the things I’m most passionate about don’t tend to make a lot of money,” Parker says.

That’s where Obamacare comes in.

Heart of gold, plan of bronze

“When I found out I qualified for a subsidy through Obamacare, I decided to just go for it," she said.

Parker took a job with Recycle Revolution in Dallas near Deep Ellum. It’s a small company that doesn’t offer insurance. But because of her Obamacare subsidy, she can afford coverage.

Her bill is $38 a month -- a subsidized rate available to someone like her making $12 an hour. It’s a bronze plan with a $6,000 deductible.

“If I had to pay that for some reason, it’s not going to destroy me,” Parker says.

Visit KERA's Breakthroughs blog to read the rest of Parker's story, and to find out why so-called "young invincibles" are key to the success of Obamacare.

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