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Myrtle Beach woman anxious to get health insurance

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - An estimated 30 million Americans have no health insurance, but Tuesday the online marketplace opened and many are excited to finally get coverage.

"I have not have my annual OB/GYN check ups; I have not had any mammogram because that's just simply not affordable," says the owner of Konsignment Korner in Myrtle Beach, Csilla Ban.

Ban says she hasn't been able to go to the doctor since the economy fell through several years ago. Business at her consignment shop has been slow, and she can't afford it. But as soon as she closes the doors for the day, Ban says she's going online to she what coverage would work for her.

"Somewhere between $100 and $200 dollars a month and a reasonable deductible," says Ban. "Not just such a high deductible that it's really just crisis insurance."

The Affordable Care Act is touted as the most significant overhaul in health care in US history since Medicaid and Medicare. It aims to increase the quality and affordability of health insurance and lower the uninsured rate by expanding public and private coverage. One example, insurance companies are now required to cover all applicants within new minimum standards regardless of pre-existing conditions.

Since President Obama signed it into law back in 2010 there's been plenty of attempts to block it. In fact, it's a major reason the government shut down with Republicans and Democrats fighting over the desire to fund it.

When it's all said and done, however, people like Ban just hope Congress can put what matters most, first.

"I lived in D.C. for over 20 years, and there is always barking going on, and they just need to quit and really just care about the people," says Ban.

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