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Kathleen Sebelius Visits Tennessee for Health Exchange Push

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. With the March 31st deadline to sign up approaching many Tennesseans still haven't enrolled in Obamacare.

The Department of Health and Human Services says more than 369,000 eligible Tennesseans still haven't signed up.

Barbara Johnson was one of them until Thursday when she signed up at a the United neighborhood Health Services Clinic in Madison.

The Nashville grandmother has been without health care since losing her job two years ago.
 
"If you don't have employment you can't pay for it so you can't get it," said Johnson.

Obamacare is changing that not just for the uninsured but also people like singer-songwriter Amy Speace.

Previously Speace could only afford a plan with a $5,000 deductible and she says it didn't help much during a recent medical complication.

"It threatened me into bankruptcy to be candid," said Speace.

That experience convinced Speace to log onto the Obamacare website where she found a plan with a $500 deductible.

"I will have 500 dollars sitting in my bank account not 5 thousand so to know that helps me with my health care because as a singer the last thing I need is stress," said Speace.

Those two experiences support Obamacare but some say they tell only part of the story.

Opponents like Ben Cunningham with the Nashville Tea Party say Obamacare will end up costing the Federal Government too much money.

He believes states like Tennessee could do a better job on their own helping uninsured find coverage.

"Obamacare is not the way to get there," said Cunningham. "There are lots of things states can do.  This one size fits all federal solution is not the way to go."

It's believed nearly 78,000 Tennesseans have signed up for Obamacare programs.

This week there are several events planned to help people enroll.

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