Nothing will stop the Tuesday rollout out of the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s health care reform law, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday.
Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges, online marketplaces for people who are uninsured or buy coverage directly, will launch on Tuesday, despite the looming possibility of a government shutdown, Republican calls for delay and the likelihood of glitches in the system, Sebelius said during a meeting with reporters at the department’s headquarters.
“Shutdown or no shutdown, we’re ready to go start enrolling people tomorrow,” Sebelius said. “All of us see this as sort of the eve of a new chapter. We’re about to make some history.”
More than three years after Obama signed his landmark health care overhaul into law, consumers can begin using the health insurance exchanges on Tuesday, the start of a six-month sign-up period for coverage that begins as soon as Jan. 1. The health insurance exchanges will enable people who don’t get health benefits at work or who aren’t enrolled in a government program like Medicare to compare health plans on price and benefits, and to learn whether they qualify for financial assistance.
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