When the clock struck midnight on January 1st, 2014, the six million Americans who had already signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act had more to celebrate than just the start of a new year. Nathan A., a brain cancer survivor from Salem, VA, says that his new health care plan "has freed me from a weight, a chain, a prison of costs that were astronomical." Auldrige’s monthly premium has been cut by over 75%, which is a huge relief on his community service worker’s salary. For Eleta P. in St. Paul, MN, January 1st brought peace of mind. After applying for insurance through Minnesota’s health care exchange, Eleta discovered that she and her children are eligible for Medicaid.