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Springs woman unhappy with Obamacare options

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Thousands of people across Colorado are starting to shop for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, commonly called "Obamacare," but one Colorado Springs woman said the options offered are anything but affordable.

Cassandra Vervaecke is a stay at home mom. She takes care of a 1-, 5-, and 6-year-old. And soon she'll be taking care of a fourth child. So she and her husband watch every dollar.

"We don't go out to movies, we don't go out to fancy dinners, we don't go out shopping," she said. "We live a very basic and modest lifestyle."

The family doesn't all have health insurance. Vervaecke counts on Medicaid during pregnancy and the Child Health Plan Plus for the kids. She hoped the Affordable Care Act would help, but the health options offered don't fit her budget.

"Obamacare is a great concept. It's great to get insurance to be able to get insurance to all these needy people. But paying $800 a month for a family of five?" she said. "You hear that, and you're like, "who has that kind of money every month?' We don't."

Under the new law, the family will have to get health insurance by March 31 or pay a fee of $95 per adult and $47.50 per child for the year, or 1 percent of yearly household income, whichever is greater. The most a family would pay in 2014 is $285. But the fee will go up every year.

"We're going to have to bite the bullet. we're going to have to get fined by our own government, being forced to buy something that we can't afford," she said.

You can shop for health insurance through www.connectforhealthco.com or by calling 855-PLANS-4-YOU (855-752-6749.)

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