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What’s the state of the new federal health law…in the states?

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President Obama’s health reform package is now the law of the land, but the debate is far from over. With the GOP takeover of the House, newly empowered Republican lawmakers are promising to overturn as many provisions as possible. But many pundits now say the ultimate decision is in the hands of individual states. Governors and legislatures, charged with carrying out crucial parts of the law, will be in a position to push back against the White House. And state judges may be able to invalidate the mandate. Where does this leave healthcare in California? And what battles are coming across the country between individual states and Washington?


Shana Alex Lavarreda, Director of Health Insurance Studies, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research