Obamacare Marketplaces Open, Despite Glitches And Shutdown

Kaiser Health News staff writers Jay Hancock and Ankita Rao report: "After three years of political strife that intensified into a government shutdown on the eve of implementation, the engineers of the Affordable Care Act slipped the keystone of the law into place Tuesday, offering health coverage to uninsured millions with no certainty how the public will respond. Starting Tuesday, uninsured people can buy subsidized policies in government-operated marketplaces designed to overcome high prices, exceptions for preexisting illness, benefit caps and other decades-old obstacles that dominated the individual insurance market" (Hancock and Rao, 10/1). Read the story and check back for updates throughout the day on KHN's live blog.

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