NAR’s health insurance marketplace is worth a look

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Starting in January 2014, I will be getting my health insurance through an exchange. For months, Minnesota's health insurance exchange posted outrageously high sample rates on its site. I kept trying to look away, but could not. I've been carrying this fear in the pit of my stomach, because I know what it is like to spend more on health insurance each month than on housing. It seems like the news media and politicians have done everything they can to keep me worried about the arrival of "Obamacare." I have listened to scary news stories for months about how bad Obamacare is going to be for everyone. The state exchange has not helped alleviate those fears, publishing super-high and inaccurate sample numbers on the website. Friends who work for insurance companies assured me that my current, somewhat affordable health insurance plan -- which carries a large deductible and provides little actual health care -- would go away at the end of the year, and be replaced...