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Obamacare Sign-Ups Could Get A Bump As Higher Penalties Kick In

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From left, Garrett Berntsen, Jennifer Majer and William Shields compare notes at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. Twenty-somethings have new choices under Obamacare. Heather Rousseau/NPR hide caption

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