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Obamacare in California: A key test, and ‘people will be watching’
USA Today

Leyla Hilmi, 42, is counting the days to Oct. 1 when she’ll be able to sign up for health insurance as part of the Affordable Care Act. The self-employed San Francisco-area architect is getting divorced and will lose coverage. Because of a previous medical condition, she’s been denied coverage in the past.

“I would be really, really stuck if it wasn’t happening,” Hilmi says.

Tremaine Manning, 30, a construction worker in central California, isn’t as enamored of the new law. He’s lacked health insurance for three years, rarely sees a doctor and struggles to make ends meet. If he doesn’t get insurance, he faces a penalty of 1% of his income in 2014, and more after that.

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