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Questions and controversy surround Affordable Care Act

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One of the most controversial issues being debated in Washington is the Affordable Care Act, more specifically one of it's major components which is expected to go into place tomorrow: the Open Healthcare Marketplace.

“Tomorrow is a big day because tomorrow it is anticipated that the health insurance marketed place will open on the Internet," says Bess Kathrins, Interim Dean at the School of Health and Sciences at Stockton College.

President Obama's Affordable Care Act is expected to go into full effect Tuesday, October 1st.

But, citizens across the nation and here in New Jersey are confused about what this approaching medical milestone means?

"I've been doing an informal poll of my patients, the young, the uninsured and I ask them-what are your plans for October first and they say: what's going to happen October 1st?” explains Dr. Michael Dunn of Medical One.

The Affordable Health Care Act, sometimes called Obamacare, was passed in 2010 and requires mostly every citizen to have health insurance.

The goal is to reform the health care system and make coverage more accessible to every American.

“And, as the name suggest, the market place is going to be a place where individuals and small employees eventually can literally shop for health insurance,” clarifies Dean Kathrin.

"I think it there is going to be a wide variety of health insurance, everything from comprehensive which would include physicians visits, hospitals, prescription-to catastrophic care, which is the bare minimum,” adds Kathrin.

And, yet many have expressed their disapproval.

“I think the regulations that will go into effect will be so devastating to private practice that doctors will not be able to stay in business” predicts Dunn.

Meanwhile, Dr. Dunn urges his own patients to be proactive when it comes to learning how the law might not only affect their medical situation, but also their financial future.

"I think you should find out exactly what your obligations are because if you don't what the law says you have to do, you will find out at the end of next year how much money you have to pay the government,” encourages Dunn.

And, while many express their reluctance towards altering traditional health care, others are ready for reform.

"I think it's an exciting time because we are going to hopefully be able to provide health insurance and health services to those who need it," says Dean Kathrins.



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