Katy Irwin, 28, a freelance graphic designer, was a supporter of President Barack Obama, voting for him the past two elections. Being uninsured, she was excited about the prospects of having health insurance under Obamacare for the first time since she was 26.
But when she recently went to the Affordable Care Act's registration website, it wasn't the much-discussed glitches that had her disturbed. She found her annual health-care-related costs would be more than three times the amount of her average annual expenses, using a calculator on HealthCare.gov.
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Of course, Irwin would now be insured, making it difficult to directly compare costs. But as a young American only looking for minimal coverage and working freelance, she sees the cost as a major impact.