For all the fuss over Obamacare — the president’s plan to extend health coverage to about 30 million Americans — Southern California health providers were fielding only a smattering of questions on Tuesday, the first day of enrollment.
Officials at Covered California, the agency overseeing the state’s health insurance exchange, have a goal of signing up more than 2 million people through next year, the most of any state.
The state-run exchanges are marketplaces where individuals can buy health coverage from a host of competing companies, hopefully at reduced cost. They aim primarily to serve workers who get no health insurance through their employer.
On Tuesday at Long Beach Memorial Hospital, 50-year-old Tim Medeiros was waiting for his 22-year-old son to undergo a medical procedure. He also hoped someone at the hospital could explain whether Obamacare could help him get less expensive insurance.
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