On Tuesday, consumers will be able to choose an insurance company online in a health exchange that's part of the Affordable Care Act. If they're uninsured, they're required to buy coverage.
And while Republicans and Democrats have been fighting over whether the law is the best course for our nation, we are on course for the launch. President Barack Obama said the exchanges will open no matter what, even if there's a government shutdown.
Around 40 million people will be able to buy health insurance; some of them right here in Charlotte. Whether you call it the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, the main part of the plan kicks in Oct. 1, and there are many people who aren't confident they understand the new law.
"I heard about it, but I really don't know much about it," Odyssey Shaw said. "They said like a little bit about it, but not to the point where you can really understand it."
Shaw isn't alone. As far as the options and how to go about it, according to critics, the state hasn't been too helpful getting that information out there. In states like North Carolina, where state officials refused to run the health exchanges, the federal government will. The uninsured will be able to buy coverage online and they'll need to by January or face a penalty.
People like Carol Rice have read about the new plan. She thinks North Carolinians, who need health insurance, will track down the facts.
"I think people know if they want the information that it's out there," Rice said. "Yeah, you have to look a little harder. But with the internet, everything is there at your fingertips."
And www.healthcare.gov has been set up for just that. But will the uninsured in North Carolina sign up or face the penalty? There are many opponents to the plan, some urging people not to sign up.
In Congress, ahead of the Oct. 1 start, many Republicans have been working to try to defund the health care overhaul. Saturday, a resolution passed in the House to delay the Affordable Care Act. Obama has said he'll veto it if it gets to him.