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Covered California signups continue amid talk of Obamacare repeal

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Caroline Gomez-Tom

Politicians in California and Washington D.C. are busy trying to figure out the future of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Patricia MccCready-Lucus is a health insurance broker, and she says she's had to help customers who are now having to pay higher premiums. Joseph Ross, MD, a professor at Yale School of Medicine, says that drug pricing is a "huge issue that needs to be addressed".

If you sign up before the start of February 1, you'll have coverage by March for the rest of 2017, regardless of what action Congress takes. "But it will not affect the contract that you sign up for before tomorrow night for this year".

"Even if you only have health coverage for a short time, and we're anticipating that folks will have health insurance for a year, but it's available".

She's one of an estimated 400,000 Marylanders who have insurance under the Affordable Health Care plan. Achen is anxious about what will happen to her nephew and many families who hail from Micronesia if insurance under the Affordable Care Act ends.

As for what will happen to the insurance markets after 2017, the diagnosis for the 20 million Americans who rely on the law for coverage is far from clear.

The central goal of Obamacare is expanding health coverage, but signs suggest the Republican plan pivots around health care at the bedside, which is a different way to frame the priorities. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said last month. They both include some of the existing ACA mandates, such as the requirement for all individuals to purchase health insurance and prohibition of insurance companies from denying coverage to anyone with pre-existing conditions.

Organizers there say sign-up numbers appear to be down slightly compared to past year. They're concerned it would nullify the separate Indian Health Care Improvement Act. The 2010 law also gives states the option of expanding Medicaid for low-income people.

The three centers will be open until 8 p.m. Tuesday to accommodate last-minute people who want to enroll in a plan.

"If we do some things we normally don't like to do and Democrats do some things they normally don't, maybe we can take a step to ending the Hatfields vs. McCoy's six-years argument we've had", he said.

"If you make more money than you said then you owe back the subsidy.it's very complicated", McCready-Lucus said.

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