Lara details single-payer plan

Saying it's time "to make universal healthcare a reality," state Sen. Ricardo Lara provided some detail for his Healthy California Act, a single-payer proposal. Previously and deliberately left vague, the legislation from Lara, left, and co-author Sen. Toni Atkins now seeks to cover all Californians for all medical care, including inpatient, outpatient, emergency care, dental, vision, mental health and nursing home care. "With ... (More)

GOP leaders ‘came up short’

Despite days of intense negotiations and last-minute concessions to win over wavering GOP conservatives and moderates, House Republican leaders failed to secure enough support to pass their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. House Speaker Paul Ryan, top, pulled the bill from consideration March 24 after he rushed to the White House to tell President Trump that there weren't the 216 votes necessary for passage. "We ... (More)

12.2 mil sign up for Obamacare

About 12.2 million U.S. consumers signed up for health insurance via the Affordable Care Act during the open enrollment period for 2017, the federal government said. The figure includes those who were automatically re-enrolled, as well as about a third who were new to the Obamacare marketplaces. The government's Obamacre figures for 2017 include the 39 states that use the HealthCare.gov platform, as well as the dozen state-based ... (More)

Jones cites ‘recipe for disaster’

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is on the warpath over Republicans' plan to dismantle the Obamacare system. "We'll have a market skewed towards those who are sick," Jones said at a March 8 news conference. "That is a recipe for disaster for the health insurance market." Jones, left, who has regulatory oversight over health-insurance plans sold in the state, is running for attorney general in the 2018 ... (More)

Inside ‘American Health Care Act’

After literally years of promises, House Republicans finally have a bill they say will "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act. Some conservative Republicans have derided the new proposal -- the American Health Care Act -- calling it "Obamacare Lite." It keeps intact some of the more popular features of the Affordable Care Act, such as allowing adult children to stay on their parents' health plans to age 26 and, at least in ... (More)