OBAMACARE: California could pose problem for Obama’s healthcare reform – latimes.com
Drew Altman, president of the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation, says that the outcome of California’s implementation of President Obama’s healthcare law may have ramifications for other states. (Laura Morton / For the Los Angeles Times)
California could pose problem for Obama’s healthcare reform
California, a model for healthcare reform, is seeking to impose some of the toughest limits on government-subsidized coverage. If approved, the limits could herald deep Medicaid cuts nationwide.
By Noam N. Levey, Los Angeles Times
September 15, 2011
Reporting from Washington — For more than a year, as conservative states have battled President Obama’s sweeping healthcare law, California was supposed to be a model that showed the law’s promise.
But the state is emerging as one of the biggest headaches for the White House in its bid to help states bring millions of Americans into the healthcare system starting in 2014.
Though still outpacing much of the nation, cash-strapped California is cutting its healthcare safety net more aggressively than almost any other state, despite billions of dollars in special aid from Washington.
And state leaders are pressing the Obama administration for permission to place some of the toughest limits in the nation on government-subsidized healthcare, including a cap on how often people with Medicaid — the healthcare program for the poorest Americans — can go to the doctor.
A decision on some of California’s requests is expected this month. If approved, the limits could open the door to deep cutbacks nationwide.