The moment 2014 begins, private coverage obtained from Affordable Care Act exchanges begins, along with expansions to Medicaid coverage in 25 states and Washington, D.C., and the last batch of consumer protections, including the provision against discrimination due to prior conditions. Then, on March 31, the delayed insurance mandate begins, charging a penalty to those without a plan by that deadline. In October, insurance companies will no longer be able to renew plans that don't fit the standards of the Affordable Care Act. Amid all of these dates, continued fighting between President Obama and Republicans over the healthcare law's provisions and rollout is all but inevitable.
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