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Obamacare is Like….(pick a metaphor)

ObamacareEach broker has his or her own metaphor for how the Affordable Care Act rollout has affected them. ”Imagine if you were a CPA,” says Craig Gussin of San Diego, “and the government announced that everybody could get their taxes done for free.”  He doesn’t mean that he’s working for free.  Just that he’s THAT busy. People see him as a conduit to deep discounts on their health insurance. California is running its own exchange. It’s going a lot smoother than the one at healthcare.gov.  So, Gussin says that once people are done waiting to see him, he’s able to help them see their way through the whole process, to get insurance and, if they qualify, a subsidy. In other states, agents tell a different story. Mark Gurda serves customers in 20 states. His business is up. But that’s where the good news ends according to a story in www.marketplace.org.