The Affordable Care Act is not working. It is not working because it hasn’t been fully implemented yet. That begins to change Tuesday, when Americans will be able to shop for health insurance on government-sponsored marketplaces.
The marketplaces, or exchanges, are where Americans will comply with the law’s individual mandate. Conservatives loathe the mandate, which requires that most Americans have health insurance or face government fines. It is the primary source of the sturm and drang that has shadowed President Barack Obama’s health care reform. And now the mandate is finally taking effect.
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Information about the health insurance exchanges can be found online at www.healthcare.gov. Details about plans and prices will be available when enrollment opens Tuesday. Coverage begins Jan. 1.
For additional reporting about the Affordable Care Act, go to www.statesman.com/healthcare.