Questions remain as enrollment for Obamacare set to begin - KCTV5 News

Questions remain as enrollment for Obamacare set to begin

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Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as it is more routinely called, is just weeks away.

It seems no matter where your opinion falls on universal healthcare, most people have questions.

Ten to 15 percent of Americans are without insurance. The most simplistic goal of Obamacare is to make sure each of those Americans can enroll in an insurance plan, starting on Oct. 1.

"What we're doing is setting up a pool so that they can all pool together and get a better deal from the insurance companies, and those who can't afford it, we're going to provide them some sustenance. That is it," President Barack Obama said.

The idea of Obamacare is nothing new. It is something politicians have talked about, planned for and argued over for decades.

But it wasn't until March 2010 that Obama signed it into law. The bulk of it is already in effect.

"for the average American out there, for the 85 to 90 percent of Americans who already have health insurance, this thing has already happened. Their only impact is their insurance is better, stronger, more secure than it was before," Obama said.

According to the Kansas Health Institute, people with household incomes between 100 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible for Obamacare.

That means a household income of up to $45,960. For a family of four, the upper threshold is $94,200.

The Kansas Health Institute also quotes the Kaiser Family Foundation which estimates 44 percent of the Missourians that fall within the subsidy parameters are uninsured and in Kansas about 36 percent.

Obama admits setting up the online marketplace was no easy task. He said the enrollment form went from a whopping 21 pages down to a very manageable three pages for an individual and a few more for a family.

The president admits the initial stages of the plan will have glitches - glitches that'll hopefully be worked out over time, leaving millions of Americans who weren't insured before with peace of mind.

If people are looking to find out more about plans and prices, they are not alone. No one will get those answers until Oct. 1.

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