Obamacare: 6 things to watch for in 2016

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As Obamacare’s 3rd open enrollment period wraps up and its 6th anniversary approaches, an unfamiliar new normal has set in for a health reform program that’s been under fire from birth.

So much has changed so rapidly under President Barack Obama’s historic retooling of America’s health insurance system that even its opponents have backed off lately for want of some egregious fault to fan into flame.

The inconvenient truth for naysayers is that 17.6 million Americans now have health insurance because of Obamacare, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

“Those people who really wanted health insurance and couldn’t get it, most of them have gotten it,” says Doug Hough, associate director of health policy and management at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.

“Now we’re at the group that says, ‘Gee, it would be nice to have insurance, but I just haven’t really thought about it, and it’s probably too expensive anyway.’ Some of those people have now realized they can get a subsidy to help with the cost,” he says.

Here are 6 things to know about what’s ahead for Obamacare in 2016.