Thanks to Obama, Twentysomethings Can Wait a Few More Years to Grow Up

08/26/2010 9:44 AM |

sick youth
  • “I think I caught something at the Turkey’s Nest.”

Remember all that crazy fuss about health care reform back whenever that was? Yeah, it all seems fuzzy to me, too. Anyway, some of the good stuff from that bill has been slowly taking effect over the summer (free vaccinations for terrorists!), but there’s a particular change coming on September 23rd that, according to the crack demographic department at the NY Post, will impact 77,000 New Yorkers, many of whom likely read this blog: kids can now stay on their parents plans until they’re 26 years old.

Yup, this is a big one (considering the old age was 22, which made graduating from college just that much scarier). And though it means American youth will now take even longer to grow up (38 is the new 23), I’m glad to see governmental recognition of the “post-collegiate” years as a legitimate and increasingly difficult transitional period—long gone are the days when kids just waltzed out of college and into real jobs, with real health plans. But you know who else recognizes these tough years, and provides institutional support to the under-26s? The country of Europe. And you know what else Europe has? Socialism. [Yes! Pumps fist.]