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Obamacare Impacts Local Doctors, Patients As Jan. 1 Launch Date Nears

Whether it’s referred to as Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act or its official name, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s health care initiative affects all Californians, said Covered California spokesman James Scullary.

“Whether or not you are insured through your work or not, they’re are provisions in the Affordable Care Act that protect all of us,” he said.

Open enrollment ends on Monday, Dec. 23 for ACA coverage starting Jan. 1, 2014, and doctors and administrators at local private practices have already started to see the results.