October is the first time the public will see the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in action. At least that is what the schedule says.
On October 1, 17 state-run exchanges and 34 federal exchanges have begun accepting applications for health
insurance. Things may not go well that day—or that month—but any bad news will be drowned out by a congressional uproar over the budget, the debt limit, and the war in the Middle East.