Americans Gear up for Obamacare Enrollment

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

HARRISONBURG,Va. -- Monday, the Harrisonburg City Council Chamber was standing room only. Some people opting to sit on the floor, to learn more about the Affordable Care Act.

"I was surprised when I came in to find so many gray hair, because I had heard that it wasn't going to have any effect and Tim Jost just confirmed that in fact that's true," said Anne Nielsen.

She wanted to know what effect the Affordable Care Act would have on Medicare coverage.

Throughout the seminar, Timothy Jost busted myths about the healthcare law which President Barack Obama insisted would go into effect.

"Americans who've been priced out of the market, just because they've been sick once, they'll finally be able to afford coverage," said President Barack Obama in a press conference Monday.

Disagreement over Obamacare is the reason Republicans and Democrats were unable to reach an agreement to avert a partial government shutdown.

"Will a partial government shutdown affect applications for coverage under the ACA? Ironically no, the exchanges will open tomorrow whether the government shuts down or not," said Timothy Jost, who is co-author of the book 'Health Law'.

"And the concern that people will not be able to keep the health insurances that they have. That they are going to pay more, that they're going to be forced into exchanges," said Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R) in an interview with WHSV's Bob Corso.

Jost says his comment is partially true. Some people will be able to keep their insurances and some will not.

"There are people who have some very high cost sharing that doesn't cover a lot of things that will not be able to find those policies next year," said Jost.

Another confusion for many is when to sign up for coverage.

"It's not like Black Friday, if you don't show up on opening day, it's not going to mean that the goodies are gone," said Jost.

You are allowed to enroll until Decemeber 15, 2013.

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