One More Day Until The Health Insurance Exchange



The health insurance exchange that opens Tuesday will require a change in culture, its backers say.
 
Kelly Sullivan, chief spokesman for the Get Covered Illinois insurance marketplace, says the change is from a culture in which 1.8 million Illinois residents don’t have health insurance to one where almost everybody has it.
 
“We want it to be unthinkable that any of us would let someone we know and love go uncovered, because now they don’t have to. And all of us have a friend, a colleague, a son, a brother – somebody we know – who desperately wants coverage or needs coverage, even if they don’t know that they want it, and we need to spread the word,” she said.
 
Sullivan says she expects the exchange to enroll 300,000 people in six months.
 
The exchange is for people who have had insurance and lost it, those who have never had insurance, and so-called “young invincibles” who think monthly health insurance premiums are not a good deal for them.
 
“They’ve never wanted it, they’ve never sought it, but now it’s the law. They’re going to have to learn how to get it,” she said.
 
Sullivan says surely some people will not participate in Obamacare as a political protest, but eventually they’ll pay a penalty for that.

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