Shifting messages from the U.S. Congress have left many would-be entrepreneurs, and workers who've recently been laid off, wondering how best to maintain health coverage. Michael Blann/Getty Images hide caption

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Members of Congress and their staffs seeking health insurance this year could choose from among 57 gold plans (from four insurers) sold on D.C.'s small business marketplace. Zach Gibson/Getty Images hide caption

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After losing a job, figuring out health insurance may be the smartest first step. Franck Camhi/ hide caption

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Rep. Pete Stark, a California Democrat, was defeated in November. Stark leaves a long-lasting mark on the nation's health care system. Jeff Chiu/AP hide caption

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Pete Stark, Health Policy Warrior, Leaves A Long Legacy

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