The head of a California research organization says Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is planning to keep ObamaCare intact in his state, even if it is reversed under Mitt Romney’s leadership.
Brown plans to hold a special legislative session in December on issues related to ObamaCare to give him and state lawmakers the chance to work on healthcare proposals that died in the current legislative session. He hopes to expand coverage by 2014 to millions of California citizens who do not have health insurance.
Sally Pipes, president and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute, believes the governor is trying to secure the continuation of ObamaCare’s laws for his state.
“In my opinion, the governor wants to make sure that issues under PPACA (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) that relate to the state of California cannot be reversed, even if the law is repealed early in 2013 under a new administration in Washington, DC,” she tells OneNewsNow.
The Golden State is leading the nation by implementing an Internet healthcare insurance exchange marketplace that will allow Californians to comparison shop for health coverage.
“It is noteworthy that California was one of the first states to accept federal funds for establishing its exchange, which would go into effect in January 2014,” the Pacific Research Institute president states. “Plans for the exchange must be submitted in 2013. California, in spite of accepting funds early, has not been able to complete the work on establishing the exchange.”
Brown claims the special session would be an opportunity to address issues that cannot be answered without “further guidance from the federal government and additional analysis.”
Kamala Harris, California’s attorney general, has repeatedly defended President Obama’s healthcare measure. She maintains that it “saves lives.”