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Thousands Visit D.C. Health Insurance Exchange, But Few Have Purchased Plans

The District's health insurance exchange website has drawn thousands of visitors since launching on Oct. 1, though few residents have purchased insurance plans so far.

As of Monday, 12,294 people created accounts on D.C. Health Link, the website created as part of President Obama's Affordable Care Act, according to the D.C. Health Benefit Exchange Authority.

But of those accounts created, only 1,894 applications have been fully submitted, 321 individuals and families have chosen plans, and 164 have requested an invoice for their first month's premium. Thirty-four plans are available for individuals and families to choose from.

According to the authority, 426 small businesses also created accounts.

Uninsured D.C. residents have until Dec. 15 to choose and pay for a plan, ahead of the Jan. 1 deadline for the law's mandate that all Americans have health insurance. According to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 11 percent of D.C. residents are uninsured, one of the lowest rates in the country.

Fourteen states, including D.C., are running their own health insurances exchanges, while the remaining 36 are relying on a troubled website set up by the federal government.

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'Kingdom' Examines Afghanistan Through The Prism Of The Karzai Family

Journalist Joshua Partlow was in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2012, a time of corruption, government dysfunction and civilian hostility to U.S. military operations. His new book is A Kingdom of Their Own.
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Long Absent In China, Tipping Makes A Comeback At A Few Trendy Restaurants

Viewed for decades as capitalist exploitation, tipping is now encouraged at some upscale urban restaurants catering to wealthy young customers. Restaurateurs insist it's strictly voluntary.
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Do Fact Checks Matter?

Voters' minds are stubborn, and politicians habitually spout falsehoods. That doesn't mean fact-checking is a failure, though.
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This Afternoon, Elon Musk Unveils His Plan For Colonizing Mars

In a speech at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, the billionaire tech entrepreneur is expected to detail his vision for sending humans to the Red Planet.

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