President Barack Obama asked young people gathered at the White House Wednesday for a youth summit to promote the Affordable Care Act, but polls suggest he may already lost their favor.
"Look, I do remember what it's like being 27 or 28, and aside from the occasional basketball injury, most of the time I kind of felt like I had nothing to worry about," Obama said. "Of course, that's what most people think until they have something to worry about. But at that point, often times it's too late."
Aside from worrying about their own health, Obama suggested enrolling in a health plan is the socially responsible thing to do.
"If you get sick and you get to the hospital, and you don't have any coverage, then somebody else is also going to be paying for it," he said. Those who pass the buck on rescheduling will burden others who must subsidize their care.
Obama called on class presidents, radio hosts and bartenders to help their friends and family enroll in care.
"If you've got a radio show, spread the word on air; if you're a bartender, have a happy hour and also probably get health insurance, because a lot of bartenders don't have it," he said.
Obama also urged young people to use social media to carry the conversation online.
While young adults provided critical campaign support in both the 2008 and 2012 elections, Obama's approval rating from millennials appears to be waning, according to a poll from Harvard University's Institute of Politics released Wednesday.
The survey showed the majority of millennials - 54 percent - disapproved of Obama's job performance, while just 41 percent approved. That's the lowest approval rating the survey has ever seen since the start of Obama's presidency and 11 points lower than a similar survey published in April.
According to the report, a narrow majority of those surveyed - 47 percent - said they would recall Obama, compared with 46 percent who said they would not. About 52 percent said they favored recalling all members of Congress.
While Obama did not mention the poll in his speech, he took a swing at online campaigns for paying huge sums of money just to stop people from enrolling in health care plans.
"The people who are running those ads, they're not going to pay for your illness. You're going to pay for it or your family is going to pay for it," he said.
The poll surveyed 2,089 young adults between the ages of 18-29 from Oct.30-Nov.11; approximately two weeks after the 16-day government shutdown. Enrollment of young adults is considered crucial to success of Obamacare, as younger adults are on the whole healthier than older adults. Insurance providers require significant number of healthy members who pay premiums but demand less care than older, sicker members.