When the governor’s Obamacare road show came to New Haven, skeptics like Steve Jennings sounded an alarm: The state is selling out to the insurance industry.

Kevin Counihan, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s point man on bringing Obamacare to Connecticut, confronted the skeptics in a visit to Career High School on Legion Avenue on Thursday evening. The meeting was the fourth of seven hosted statewide by the CT Health Insurance Exchange to get out the word about key changes looming when the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka “Obamacare”) takes effect in 2014.

Counihan is the CEO of the state’s health insurance exchange, a new Obamacare-created virtual marketplace where individuals and small businesses will be able to shop for health care plans. The ACA requires all states to set up these marketplaces by Jan. 1, 2014, when everyone will be required to buy health insurance — or face a penalty of up to 2.5 percent of their income.

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