You can learn about the specifics over at HealthCare.gov.
While the need for the uninsured to obtain insurance exists, the opening of this insurance "pool" provides another stark reminder of how the health care reform bill was railroaded through Congress with waves of magic wands and unrealistics promises of cost controls:
The biggest question hanging over the program is whether the $5 billion allocated will be enough.It is now very clear that this bill, shoved through without critical review, is going to cost America a whole lot more than CBO's estimated $940 billion dollars.
Millions of people meet the basic qualifications for coverage, and technical experts who advise Congress and the administration have warned the funds could be exhausted as early as the end of 2011.
HHS officials sidestepped questions about what would happen if the money runs out. One option is for the government to limit enrollment. (Emphasis mine.)
Popper estimated about 200,000 people would be enrolled in the program at any one time, but other HHS experts estimated that 375,000 would sign up this year, and the Congressional Budget Office says the total could reach 700,000 in 2013.
Oh, and one more thing. That low price quoted above for monthly premiums? That doesn't include the $5000 deductible you'll have to pay to get that low price in Illinois. Not happy with this? You can find your rate at Illinois' Premium Rate Calculator.