See the health care implementation timeline. If you don't get health care through your employer, you can go online beginning in 2014 and buy insurance on health care exchanges.
Many don't understand the new law. It's simple. If you don't have insurance through your employer, you can buy insurance through online health care exchanges. If you can't afford it, you will still be able to get health insurance:
When asked to highlight the words they liked, and the ones they didn’t, many had circled “might.” It conveyed an uncertainty about the law’s benefits, suggesting that participants that they might get something — or they might not get anything at all. “I don’t like the word might at all,” one participant said. “It makes me wonder if it’ll be really expensive,” another added.
One woman who expressed this view the strongest was Marina Sokolovsky, a 26-year-old who has been uninsured since she was 17. Earning about $1,500 each month, she’s near certain to qualify for new benefits. But when she looks out at the insurance system now — broken, fragmented, and out of her reach — she just doesn’t think it will work. “Change is good, and it may be a real change, but if it was doable, it would have been done by now,” she says. “For how complicated things are, it would be a really big shift to find something functional. I just don’t think that’s possible.” WaPo