Obamacare is the shorthand name for the Affordable Care Act, approved by Congress in 2010.
Some provisions already have rolled out, but Oct. 1 marks a major new chapter: Startup of the insurance marketplaces for purchase of individual policies.
While the term “Obamacare” initially was used by opponents of the legislation, it has since been embraced by President Barack Obama.
Often during the 2012 campaign, when health care policy was a key point of difference with Republican challenger Mitt Romney, the president said, “You want to call it Obamacare — that's OK, because I do care.”
"Obamacare & You" is a special section that explores the new laws changes and choices. The section was delivered in print editions of the Sunday, Sept. 22 Omaha World-Herald.
• Don't have insurance? Oct. 1 will bring many changes, choices
• Timeline: Obamacare goes from signature to reality
• Glossary: Affordable Care Act language is a mix of familiar and new terms
• 'Marketplaces' show competing insurance plans at a single website for the first time
• Nebraska and Iowa taking different health care paths
• Some popular provisions of Obamacare already in effect
• Q&A: Get answers to questions about Obamacare
• Tax credits provide help in paying premiums
• Need help choosing? Assistance available in Nebraska, Iowa
• SHOP program offers new option for small businesses
• Mandat affects part-time work
• Be on guard against insurance scams related to health-care reform
• Health care changes bring new businesses to Omaha area
• Yes, you'll see changes to your coverage, and more are on the way
• Affordable Care Act addresses cost of preventive services
• Affordable Care Act has parallels to the Social Security debate