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Mid-Southerns unclear on health care reform as enrollment nears

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Congressman Steve Cohen calls it an insurance reform on steroids. He sent mailers to constituents this week. Congressman Steve Cohen calls it an insurance reform on steroids. He sent mailers to constituents this week.

(WMC-TV) - The date to sign up for Obamacare is steadily approaching, but many Mid-Southerners are still unclear what the new health care plan will mean in their daily lives.

Enrollment begins October 1. The plan is being met with excitement and trepidation. Some people are still parsing through the massive health care overhaul.

"I think it's a great thing. There are a lot of people in this country who can't afford health care," said Mid-South resident Dan Johnson.

Congressman Steve Cohen calls it an insurance reform on steroids. He sent mailers to constituents this week.

As of October 1, all Americans are being asked to start enrolling. The program kicks off in January.

"They'll be low-cost because there's competition and there are tax credits of your income is at a certain level," said Cohen.

The medical community has concerns about unknowns, like how payments will be processed. Business owners are complaining about the higher cost to give all employees healthcare.

Cohen touted the benefits of the act.

"Your child will be able to stay on your insurance until age 26. They used to have to go off at 18," he said.

Cohen says you can no longer deny insurance due to pre-existing medical conditions, women will also see changes.

"You paid 40 percent more for insurance than a man. Now, no more," he said.

Cohen says health care could cost as little as $100 per month.

Click here to see Cohen's letter.

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