Americans have started shopping for coverage on the new health insurance marketplaces, or exchanges, ahead of more big changes from the Affordable Care Act, the US health care makeover commonly known as Obamacare.
Experts familiar with the far-reaching law say health care reform means different things for different people, depending on where they live, their income, whether their employer currently offers coverage, and numerous other factors.
“There’s no one-size-fits-all here,” says Gerry Wedig, a professor and health care economist with the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester. “It’s a complex law designed to further regulate a very fragmented market.”
You don’t hear about Obamacare much during prime-time TV. But what if art imitated real life and Walter White took a break from “cooking” to look for coverage for his family, or the “2 Broke Girls” were worried about the individual mandate—the requirement starting in January that practically every American must have insurance or face a penalty?
To help explain some of the key changes under health insurance reform, we’ll take a look at familiar television characters representing the different ways American are affected by the law.