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Supreme Court's health-care ruling could cost California

by The Madeleine Brand Show

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Demonstrators for and against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act march and chant in outside the U.S. Supreme Court Building on March 26, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Within the next two weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue its ruling on President Obama's health care overhaul.

The justices have various options with their ruling: They could leave the entire Affordable Care Act intact, only strike down the 'individual mandate' that requires the purchase of health insurance, or strike the whole law down.

Here in California, new state laws based on federal health reform have already been passed, and they could be at risk. Within months of the initial Affordable Care Act passing, Calif. lawmakers quickly implemented laws like state-wide health insurance exchanges and medicaid expansion, according to the Chico Enterprise-Record.

From 2014 to 2019, Calif. could lose $45-55 billion in federal funds allotted for health care reform, if the Supreme Court strikes down the law.


Emily Bazar, senior writer at the California HealthCare Foundation Center for Health Reporting.

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