Lots of boos in Calif. for health bill

California politicians, medical providers and consumer advocates served up harsh critiques of the newly unveiled Senate health care bill, arguing that the proposed legislation could make coverage inaccessible for poor residents while cutting taxes on the rich. "This bill is not a health care bill," said Ed Hernandez, a Democrat and chair of the state Senate Health Committee. "This is a tax bill that will benefit the most wealthy ... (More)

Californians back Obamacare 2-1

Support for Obamacare remains at record levels in California, a new poll finds. More than half of those surveyed said they feared losing health coverage in the current political climate. Supporters of the Affordable Care Act outnumber opponents in California by a greater than 2-1 margin -- 65 percent to 26 percent. Pollsters, working on behalf of the California Health Care Foundation, asked Californians if they were worried that ... (More)

Covered Cal: Insurance chaos ahead

Californians' health insurance premiums could rise by almost 50 percent if the Trump administration succeeds in gutting the Affordable Care Act, the state's marketplace warns. As many as 340,000 Californians could lose health coverage under proposed changes to Obamacare, Covered California warned April 27. "This specter of uncertainty could lead to dramatically higher rates," said Peter Lee, chief of the state Obamacare ... (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)

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)