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Some Consumers May Not Find Obamacare Premiums Affordable

Even as the Obama administration releases average premiums for insurance policies to be sold in each state exchange, some news outlets explore how affordable those options will be for certain groups of consumers.

Kaiser Health News: Some Say Obamacare's 'Affordable' Coverage Isn't Affordable For Them
Michelle La Voie wants health insurance, but as a single mom making $38,000 a year and supporting two teenagers, she's not sure she can afford it -- even with a subsidy through the federal health law known as Obamacare (Appleby, 9/24).

Bloomberg: Obama’s Health Law Premiums Test Limits Of Affordability
Health insurance under Obamacare will cost individuals at least $2,988 a year on average, a price that Republican opponents may target as out-of-reach for many Americans who don’t qualify for U.S. subsidies. While the $249 monthly payment is intended to be discounted through tax credits, less than half of people now buying insurance on their own may get that help (Wayne and Nussbaum, 9/25).

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