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An Early Unexpected ObamaCare Problem

One of the first parts of ObamaCare– special health plans devoted to those with pre-existing conditions — has attracted only a fraction of the predicted consumers, causingĀ  the Obama administration and states to enhance their strategies to motivate people to buy these new plans. Since these insurance products became available in the late summer and early fall, the medical bills so far are, in at least a few states, much higher than anticipated. This raised the question of whether $5 billion that Congress has alloted to the program would run out even if relatively few people join. According to the Washington Post, “State-level directors of the plans” say “the insurance premiums are unaffordable for some who need the coverage — and that some would-be customers are skittish about the plans’ stability as federal lawsuits and Congressional Republicans are trying to overturn the entire law.”

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