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Last Day to Sign Up for Obamacare — Today

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If you haven’t yet signed up for Affordable Care (ACA) , or most commonly known as Obamacare, today will be your last chance to do so.

Though the Trump administration is preparing to repeal part or all of the ACA, insurance contracts will still be binding for the rest of 2017, so it’s likely people who sign up now will be able to use their insurance starting March first, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

As of last week, 230,000 Ohioans have signed up for Obamacare, said Chris Keck, Ohio director for Enroll America, to the Dispatch. 74 percent of Ohioans enrolled have qualified for subsidies to pay for their premiums and are receiving financial assistance.

For that remain uninsured, penalties are $695 per adult and $347.50 per child with a household maximum of $2,085; or, 2.5 percent of household income, according to the Dispatch.

To sign up for Obamacare, visit its website here, or attend one of the following enrollment events:

  • Columbus Public Health – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – 240 Parsons Ave. – 614-645-1244
  • Enroll America – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – 1969 E. Dublin Granville Rd. – 614-499-9798
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NY Times lauds Dr. Amy Acton with video tribute

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If you live in Ohio, you'd have to have been living under rock these last 6 weeks to not know who Dr. Amy Acton is. Now the NY Times is making sure the rest of the country knows too with this nearly 7-minute tribute video titled, "The leader we all wish we had".

As the state's lead spokesperson on the healthcare side of the pandemic, Acton has received wide praise from both near and far. Despite recent protests that occurred outside of her Bexley home, most Ohioans believe she has been a shining star in these dark times.

She has a tribute t-shirt, "Not all Heroes Wear capes" created by Homage

Her own (Ok, Gov. Dewine too) tribute parody video

Her very own bobblehead from the Bobblehead Hall of Fame

A Facebook Fan Page with over 133,000 members

Here's our profile piece from the April issue of (614) Magazine - the cover of which is featured in the NY Times video. Very cool, Sarah!

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Views from the state house protest

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For the third consecutive day, hundreds of protestors were out in force around the state house grounds. The demands of the loosely organized crowd are as diverse as the people in it. Signs run the gamut from - lifting the stay-at-home order, anti-vaccine issues, damage caused by non-essential business closures, constitutionality, and even a plea to release Joe Exotic.

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Poll: Who won last night’s Democratic Debate in Westerville?

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Last night, Westerville's Otterbein University hosted the Democratic Debate. Twelve presidential hopefuls took the stage to win the votes of spectators in the auditorium and viewers who watched from their living rooms across the nation.

According to co-host CNN, Pete Buttigieg, Andrew Yang, Amy Klobuchar, and Bernie Sanders championed the night. Co-host The New York Times mostly agrees, with the opinion writers saying Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg were among the top performers last night, but Elizabeth Warren was the clear leader.

What do you think? Take our poll below to see who Columbus thinks won the Democratic Debate.

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