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Why uninsured might not flock to health law's marketplaces

Kaiser Health News / The Washington Post, April 2, 2013

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – With almost one in five of its residents lacking health insurance, officials in Palm Beach County thought they had hit on a smart solution. The county launched a program that offered subsidized coverage to residents who couldn't afford private insurance, but made too much to qualify for Medicaid, the state-federal program for the poor. Enrollees would be able to buy policies for about $52 a month -- far cheaper than what private insurers were offering. But a year after the program began, fewer than 500 people had signed up - less than a third of the number expected.