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Health care law and politics
San Francisco Chronicle

The government’s insurance website is faster and easier to use, but as a third sign-up season gets under way, President Barack Obama’s health care law is approaching limits. Enrollment on the federal and state exchanges began Sunday. While the law’s expanded coverage has reduced the uninsured rate to a historic low of about 9 percent, the gains will be harder in 2016. Supporters may feel they’re running to stay in place rather than taking a victory lap during the president’s last full year in office. The reasons have to do with the structure of the complicated law, the effects of a major change introduced by the Supreme Court and political divisions likely to be magnified in an election year.