Orange County family says Obamacare changing their lives

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A local family said health care it's now receiving through the Affordable Care Act is changing their lives, despite the initial struggle with signing up for it.

When Healthcare.gov launched in October, many had problems signing up for the insurance. But one central Florida family said now that family members are enrolled, it's making a big difference.

Lesa White, an Orlando small business owner, had almost lost hope when trying to sign up for what many call Obamacare.

"I was very frustrated," Lesa White said. "But I was not going to give up."

White and her family said they are finally seeing the benefits of affordable health care.

"Thank God we got the insurance because we can do some things that we couldn't do in the past," Lesa White said.

Lesa White's husband has dealt with knee issues for some time and thinks he will soon need major knee surgery.

"The pain has gotten so excruciating," Fred White said.

Fred White has put off the surgery for five years while struggling to keep their business afloat.

"I can't stop working because if I don't work, I don't eat," Fred White said. "It was a choice of having the surgery and going bankrupt."

A choice the Whites won't have to make now that the family is finally enrolled in Obamacare.

"We would have never made it without the insurance," Lesa White said.

Fred White has his first doctor's appointment for his knee using their new health care on Tuesday.