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‘Everybody Is Holding Their Breath’: San Diego Has A Lot To Lose If ACA Is Repealed

One in nine of the county's residents could lose insurance, and officials worry the cost is going to fall onto their already-strained budget. Meanwhile, angry constituents are calling on Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, to hold a meeting on health care.

inewsource: Without Obamacare Or A Replacement, 370,000 In San Diego County Could Lose Insurance
Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientist Linda Rasmussen is “extremely nervous” about President Donald Trump’s plan to repeal Obamacare. It’s kept her healthy since 2014, when she enrolled in a subsidized plan through Covered California, the health insurance marketplace the law enabled. If Republicans repeal it without an equivalent replacement, and without federal subsidies she now receives, she’ll be out of luck. Because of a pre-existing condition decades ago, she said, “I would not be able to get health insurance period, not at any cost. I’d be completely uninsured,” just like before the health reform law took effect. (Clark, 2/16)

Modesto Bee: People At Town Hall In Modesto Challenge Denham To ‘Show Your Face’ And Speak With Constituents About ACA Repeal
About 300 people gathered in a Modesto church for a town hall Wednesday evening, urging Republicans in Congress not to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Union groups and health advocates kept up pressure on Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, to not support dismantling the federal health program unless there’s a new plan that protects consumers and covers more people. (Carlson, 2/16)

And in other news —

Fresno Bee: California Medi-Cal Leader In Wait-And-See Mode On Affordable Care Act Repeal 
Diana Dooley doesn’t like to speculate about a repeal, replacement or repair of the Affordable Care Act, but the secretary of California’s Health and Human Services Agency knows changes are coming. She’s just not sure when Obamacare, as the Affordable Care Act is widely known, will be cut or modified. “My message now is that we have a law and we’re operating under that law,” she said Thursday shortly after speaking to students at the Pay It Forward Luncheon Series at Fresno State. (Anderson, 2/16)

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