John Freeman, Michigan Director, Know Your Care, discusses the newly opened Healthcare Exchanges


Today marks two contrasting events in Michigan, and across the nation: the federal government has shut down, and federal healthcare exchanges have opened up.

The exchanges are online marketplaces where people can shop for health insurance under the new Affordable Care Act.

John Freeman is with the organization Know Your Care.

He said the federal shutdown will not interfere with the rollout of the exchanges.

“When the Affordable Care Act was enacted, they also enacted the funding to implement it at that time. So the fact that Congress is unable to come to an agreement regarding the budget for the government in the future, doesn’t impact upon the ACA because the funding has already been approved for it,” Freeman said.

Freeman said he has not received any feedback yet from consumers on the healthcare exchanges. He said the website is extremely busy, which indicates a high level of interest.

Freeman will be joining us in studio tomorrow night to answer your questions about the Affordable Care Act

Our call in special “Understanding Obamacare” will air from 7:00-8:00pm. We are still taking questions in advance.

Just call 231-818-8CMU. That’s 231-818-8CMU

Understanding Obamacare; tomorrow night at 7:00 on CMU Public Radio.