The New Year brought with it medical coverage for millions of Americans under the Affordable Care Act. Yesterday about two million people began to receive private health coverage through the state health exchanges or the federal website. With one of the nation's most sweeping changes to social policy in decades, no longer can insurers deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, or charge them more for their coverage than other customers. It's also the first time they can't legally charge women higher premiums for the same coverage as men, and the first time they can't set a specific limit on the amount they spend on "essential health benefits" for individual policyholders. But there are a lot of "if's" in the implementation of Obamacare. Will people be able to find a doctor who accepts their new plan? Are the nation's healthcare providers ready for the change in policy? And how will Obamacare shape the political climate this election year?
Showtime for Obamacare
Sarah Kliff - Vox - @sarahkliff, Susan Shargel - Shargel and Company, Bryce Williams - Towers Watson's Exchange Solutions - @brycewatch, David Nather - Politico - @DavidNather, Gerald Kominski - UCLA Center for Health Policy Research - @UCLAFSPH