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A California Resolution to the Primary Debate on the Future of Health Reform

Blog post written by Anthony Wright, Executive Director of Health Access California Since Health Access does not endorse candidates, I have refrained from commenting on the Presidential primary debates. There has been little to analyze on the Republican side, given the minimal substance on health policy, besides the standard talking points about the repeal of Obamacare. […]

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President Obama Vetoes Obamacare Repeal

It’s not news that President Obama was going to veto the bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, as he did today. But it is worth noting that 240 House Representatives–including all Republican Members of Congress from California–voted to strip away the subsidies that help the 1.3 million Californians afford coverage that they purchased through Covered California; […]

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Fifth Circuit Appeals Court Ruling on President Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration: What It Means for #Health4All in California

Last Monday the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to block President Obama’s 2014 executive order on immigration, dealing a major setback to efforts to shield an estimated five million immigrants living in the U.S. from deportation (learn more here). Issued in November 2014, the President’s executive order would have allowed millions of […]

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Obamacare in the Ballot Box: Quick Take on Kentucky Governor’s Race from California

Heading into last Tuesday’s mid-term election, there was plenty at stake for the future of health reform (HBO’s John Oliver tried to warn us), particularly in states that have refused or have yet to decide whether to implement the optional Medicaid expansion—or had decided, like Kentucky, to opt in, not because the political winds were blowing […]

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President Obama: “The ACA Is Here To Stay… The ACA Is Working…”

Here’s President Obama’s statement on the Supreme Court’s upholding of the Affordable Care Act: For another more exuberant reaction, here’s a tweet that shows, from the steps of the Supreme Court, the response of our colleague Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA. While California would not have been impacted, we are relieved for the […]

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Health insurance isn’t broccoli…

The Supreme Court held oral arguments on the Affordable Care Act, particularly the individual mandate requirement. It is worth noting that most Supreme Court watchers–from a survey of the insiders (like current and recent clerks) to a survey of the American Bar Association to the betting on Intrade–all predicted the court would uphold the law, […]

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An unfortunate deal…

Despite the strong merits of the need to extend unemployment insurance, extend the “SGR” fix to keep doctors payments in Medicare whole, and extend the payroll tax cut–I am disappointed in the final deal. In particular, the deal that President Obama has pledged to sign includes taking $5 billion from the prevention fund in the […]

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