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California shows that the ACA can work well

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For those who think that the Affordable Care Act is a disaster, California is proving that it can work well.

As the Los Angeles Times reports, “The state has recorded some of the nation’s most dramatic gains in health coverage since 2013 while building a competitive insurance marketplace that offers consumers enhanced protections from high medical bills.

“Californians, unlike people in many states, have many insurance choices. That means that even with rising premiums, the vast majority of consumers should be able to find a plan that costs them, at most, 5% more than they are paying this year.

“And all health plans being sold in the state will cap how much patients must pay for prescriptions every month and for many doctor visits.”

“California followed the blueprint. They did it right,” said Dr. J. Mario Molina, chief executive of Long Beach-based Molina Healthcare Inc., a leading national insurer that is selling marketplace plans in nine states in 2017.

“What has been lost in all the rhetoric and the politics is that the system can work,” Molina said.

To read the Los Angeles Times piece, please hit this link.

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