Holman Jenkins, commented in The Wall Street Journal on the fact that the success of Obamacare depends on a flood of new money from young people.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito pointed out during the hearing on the constitutionality of the legislation that young, healthy adults today spend an average of $854 a year on health care.
"Obamacare would require them to buy insurance policies expected to cost roughly $5,800," Holman wrote.
Alito said the law isn't just asking the young to pay for "the services that they are going to consume. The mandate is forcing these people to provide a huge subsidy to the insurance companies . . . to subsidize services that will be received by somebody else."
If the penalty for failure to buy insurance is negligible, why would young people do so?
And if they don't, what of Democrats' health plan?