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Obamacare effects emerging
November 25th, 2013
08:33 PM ET

Obamacare effects emerging

One of the biggest criticisms of the Affordable Care Act is that lawmakers did not know exactly how it would impact average Americans, the insurance market, hospitals, and more. In a campaign tagline that Republicans have criticized, Pres. Obama told Americans with health insurance, "If you like your plan, you can keep it" - a claim that for some, has turned out not to be true. But other Americans, who never thought they could afford health insurance, are surprised to find out they qualify for lower costs and greater coverage. So what's the bottom line? How is Obamacare impacting the average American?

CNN investigates in two special reports. And we invite you to share your story with us: If you've been impacted by the law, let us know - on Twitter, on Facebook, or via email.


CNN's Casey Wian reports on one California man whose insurance plan was canceled and who may need to change his doctor, calling the debacle "mind-numbing" and "a real struggle."

CNN's Miguel Marquez reports on a couple in California who despite a preexisting condition, finally found an affordable health care plan, thanks to Obamacare.


Filed under: Casey Wian • Miguel Marquez • Obamacare • Situation Room
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. John

    So let us look at the complete picture. This law was passed to help 40 million uninsured. So you can`t keep your health plan unless you pay more. You can`t keep your doctor unless you pay more. You can`t keep your Meds unless you pay more. If you get a really bad disease such as cancer or MS you will not be able to go to premier hospitals. And when it is all over the CBO states that 30 million will still be uninsured. And everyone at CNN thinks this is great. Bob Beckel over at Fox thinks this is great also. So I guess if his daughter got cancer he would be okay with her not going to Sloan Kettering. Oh I`m sorry all of you in the news have the money to pay the Extra just not us middle class.

    December 12, 2013 at 3:40 am |
  2. Greg, Ontario

    All Obama (no I'm not a fan) wanted to do was have coverage for all Americans. Not just the ones with perfect health and the ability to pay 5 or 6 hundred dollars a month for coverage. It's a shame that the insurance companies had the power to give Americans the bird and say no and have the GOP back them up. I mean it's not like the money hungry hospital businesses wouldn't get paid. The Tea party and the media coverage of these extremists speaks for itself. America has no body to blame but the voters.

    November 26, 2013 at 6:22 pm |
  3. Gene

    I have a 2500 deductible per person supplied at no cost through the municipal employer I retired from. I can save $4000 a year on Obamacare and have better coverage with my low income. Because my employers plan meets the minimum requirements I cannot move to Obamacare.

    November 26, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
  4. ken

    This is my question about the ACA- What percentage of Americans will, after receiving their free guaranteed physical each year, be carrying a catastrophick insurance card in their back pocket. In other words, with the gigantic deductibles that have to be met before the insurance picks up xx%, how many will choose to ignore their small aches & pains so they can pay their bills in a rapidly declining society where the political class sold out the working class for the benefit of the business class (free trade). Sure, the ACA is going to make everyone more 'healthy'.

    November 26, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
  5. Scott

    We did know how Obamacare would affect average Americans. You can't add 48,000,000 healthcare accounts and lower every family's premiums, that much was obvious in 2010. A lot of people have to pay a lot. That's common sense.

    We had no idea however just how ludicrous all the promises were. Now we know EVERY existing healthcare policy will be cancelled, and EVERYBODY's insurance rates are going up.

    November 26, 2013 at 12:48 am |
  6. bill

    goggle jim angle on how 80,000,000 will be losing their insurance when the company insurance program kicks in--why do you think obama gave companies a year??? same reason he moved next years dates on obamacare until 11 days AFTER the election. JIM ANGLE ON OBAMACARE.

    November 25, 2013 at 11:46 pm |

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