As California moves toward implementation of Obamacare in the state, Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic state lawmakers have hit a speed bump in how the state will pay for coverage of the poorest Californians.
Dems in the state house have proposed adding those who make up to $15,415 a year to the roles of Medi-Cal (the state’s version of Medicaid), but Brown has countered, concerned that the state can’t afford it in a time of deep budget cuts. Not only is funding a concern, but who administers the healthcare expansion--the state or counties. Democrats are in favor a state-wide approach, and the governor has yet to pick a side, but needless to say, the Affordable Care Act as a working system is still taking shape in the state.
Do you think it’s wise to add spending to cover the poor in a time when budgets are shrinking? Would you rather see Obamacare administered by the state or local government?
Holly Mitchell, Democratic California State Assemblymember; Member of the Assembly Health Committee; Mitchell represents California's 54th District, which stretches from South L.A. to UCLA; the Crenshaw district, Culver City, Ladera Heights, West Adams, Mid-City and Mar Vista.
Dylan Roby, Assistant Professor, Health Services, University of California, Los Angeles; Research Scientist, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research