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February 14, 2017

By Rebecca Plevin

California lawmakers are discussing how they will respond to a possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and Los Angeles County is poised to offer its own suggestions for how to deal with a cut in federal health care dollars.

Some state lawmakers "have legislative vehicles ready to respond" once Congress and the Trump administration take action on Obamacare, said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California.

February 2, 2017

By Melanie Mason

The crowd of hundreds was ready to march, winding a circuitous route from a Bakersfield park to the nearby district office of Rep. Kevin McCarthy to rally in support of the Affordable Care Act. But before they hoisted their signs and joined in healthcare-themed chants, there was a quick geographic roll call.

January 26, 2017

By Ed Hernandez

Last week, I went looking for the real Obamacare. Not the one that’s been vilified by President Trump and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, but the Obamacare that’s otherwise known as the Affordable Care Act, the one providing health coverage to more than 5 million people in California.

January 24, 2017

Kaiser Health News: One GOP Plan Says States That Like Their Obamacare Can Keep It  

By Chad Terhune and Pauline Bartolone

California and other states could keep their federally funded insurance exchange with consumer protections intact under a proposal unveiled Monday by two Republican U.S. Senators.

January 23, 2017

The Sacramento Bee: States – like Congress – are divided on replacing Obamacare

BY LESLEY CLARK, SAMMY CAIOLA, BRYAN LOWRY AND DANIEL CHANG

McClatchy Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON 

Senate Republicans say they’ll insure more Americans than President Barack Obama’s 2010 Affordable Care Act and do it more cheaply – by giving power to the states.

January 17, 2017

By Ed Hernandez

They number 5 million strong in California, and they have an important story to tell. But their voices are being drowned out by the rancor of politics of the most partisan kind.

They are the working men and women from every corner of the state who now live their lives with the security of knowing they have basic health care coverage.

January 16, 2017

By Ed Hernandez

They number 5 million strong in California, and they have an important story to tell. But their voices are being drowned out by the rancor of politics of the most partisan kind.

They are the working men and women from every corner of the state who now live their lives with the security of knowing they have basic health care coverage.

January 11, 2017

By Melanie Mason

When House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy asked top political figures across the country for input on how to replace the Affordable Care Act, it seemed unlikely that officials in California, a state that has enthusiastically adopted the healthcare law, would eagerly brainstorm on a potential repeal.

January 9, 2017

By Marisa Lagos

When Gov. Jerry Brown unveils his 2017-18 budget Tuesday, there will be one huge question mark hanging over the proposal: What will it cost California when congressional Republicans follow through on their promise to dismantle Obamacare?

January 4, 2017

By Ed Hernandez

Special to The Bee

Do you remember what our health care system was like before the Affordable Care Act? I do.

I’m a health care provider who saw first-hand how poorly our system treated the underinsured. I had patients who delayed care because they couldn’t afford their co-pays. I had relatives who were denied coverage by insurers because they had diabetes. Far too many in my community lacked access to any care whatsoever.

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