GOP health care bill would end California’s free ride at the expense of the rest of the nation

The Republican-backed bill that would overhaul the Affordable Care Act would shift billions of dollars in health care costs from the federal government to states, with California on the hook for $6 billion in 2020 and growing to $24.3 billion by 2027, according to an analysis released Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration.

Nearly 14 million Californians, one in three adults and half the state’s children, are covered by Medi-Cal, the state’s version of the federal Medicaid program. Four-million residents enrolled through the Affordable Care Act. It’s unclear how the state would deal with the added costs under the bill — whether through new taxes, cuts to other state services or by dropping coverage or enrollees in the program.

In other words, a lot of people in California are getting a free ride thanks to taxpayers from the rest of the country. It’s been easy for California politicians to spend all this free money. However now they’re panicked at the though that it might go away.

Read the whole story in the San Francisco Chronicle


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