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New Year, New Federal Laws

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- There are thousands of new laws that will be on the books starting January 1st, many of them are on the federal level.  One of the most politically charged is new health care laws under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.  In 2014, those who do not have health insurance will have to pay a penalty, or tax, totalling $95 or 1% of family income, whichever one is higher.
   Obamacare will also require insurers cover immunizations and other forms of preventative care.  The law also means millions of low-income Americans will be covered under Medicaid. 
   Still, the law is taking a lot of heat from opponents, who say it does nothing to fix the health care system in the country and increases the cost of health insurance for the average American.  The White House counters costs should begin to fall if enough people sign up, pointing out that taxpayers foot the bill for emergency care of the uninsured.
   Also taking effect in 2014, new nutritional information.  Thousands of companies will have to provide calorie counts for products sold in vending machines.
 
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