Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, unveils a marketing campaign for the exchange in Los Angeles late last year. Nick Ut/AP hide caption

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The Colorado health exchange van stops at a shopping center in Fort Collins. Eric Whitney for NPR hide caption

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Early December brought a foot of fresh powder to the resorts of Vail, Colo., but some residents are still steaming. Zach Mahone, Beaver Creek Resort/AP hide caption

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This controversial ad riffing off the legendary "got milk?" campaign is one of several marketing health insurance to young people in Colorado. Thanks Obamacare campaign hide caption

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Lela Petersen, owner of the Anything And Everything store in Flagler, Colo., expects the cost of health insurance for her and her husband to drop by my more than half next year. Jeff Brady hide caption

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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during a press conference in London in September. Matt Dunham/AP hide caption

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Fed up with what they see as a lack of representation at the California Capitol and overregulation, supervisors in the far Northern California county of Siskiyou, which includes Yreka, have voted in favor of secession. Jeff Chiu/AP hide caption

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Colorado has taken its own route to building a health exchange. hide caption

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One bad winter storm could leave Estes Park Medical Center isolated and unable to transfer seriously ill patients to facilities with intensive care units and other specialized services. Eric Whitney hide caption

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