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Taxpayers Foot The Bill: Public vs. Private Insurance Spending

This year, taxpayers will cover about 70 percent of what is spent on health care in California, according to analysis by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

Many people assume that the U.S. health care system is primarily supported by private dollars, such as insurance premiums from employer-based coverage. But that’s no longer the case, at least in California — mostly because of its massive expansion of Medi-Cal, the state’s version of Medicaid.

Read more about the state’s health care expenditures in Ana B. Ibarra’s coverage.