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Health Law Provisions Still Unknown To Lots Of Americans

Meanwhile, the administration continues to get ready to implement the law.

The Washington Post: Many Americans Unaware Of Health-Care Law Changes
After surviving a Supreme Court decision and a presidential election, the Obama administration's health-care law faces another challenge: a public largely unaware of major changes that will roll out in the coming months. States are rushing to decide whether to build their own health exchanges and the administration is readying final regulations, but a growing body of research suggests that most low-income Americans who will become eligible for subsidized insurance have no idea what is coming (Kliff, 11/20).

Politico: Next Up For Obamacare: Launching The Exchanges In 2014
[T]he Obama administration and its backers are turning their attention toward getting the law right — before the next elections come around in 2014. All eyes are on January 2014, when the health insurance exchanges — online portals where individuals and small businesses can get their health coverage — are slated to start covering millions of people. Consumers will have access to tax subsidies, if they qualify, to help them buy coverage, and almost everyone will be subject to the mandate to have insurance. Each step holds the potential to reinforce — or change — public perception (Haberkorn, 11/20).

Politico: HHS Looks To Step Up Role In Health Exchanges
The last thing the Obama administration wanted to do was come into a bunch of states and start running health insurance exchanges. But when the new insurance marketplaces open for business late next year, it's clear that the Department of Health and Human Services will have a much bigger job than it wanted (Millman, 11/20).

Politico Pro: Schnatter On ACA: It's The Franchisees
Papa John's CEO John Schnatter says he had no plans to "close stores and cut jobs because of Obamacare." In a Huffington Post op-ed Tuesday, Schnatter — who supported Republican Mitt Romney’s presidential candidacy — insisted his company actually plans to expand, regardless of any Affordable Care Act costs, and that he's "cool" with all full-time workers getting health care coverage (Cheney, 11/20).

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