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Only a small number of businesses buy health insurance off this exchange, which was created by the Affordable Care Act as a marketplace for companies with 100 or fewer workers. Many companies buy directly from insurers.
While some Republicans continue to run on a health law repeal platform, a growing number want to move on. In related news: The San Diego Union-Tribune reports on 2019 premium estimates in San Diego County.
But Politico reports that the idea, which has become a favorite for parts of the Democratic base, may not be playing well in other 2018 races. Meanwhile, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) defends his “Medicare for all” plan in the face of media fact checks.
The bill would ban the sale of short-term health insurance plans, which offer consumers lower premiums in exchange for skimpier benefits that do not meet the Affordable Care Act’s coverage requirements. The move follows the Trump administration’s rule allowing such plans nationally. The legislation, authored by state Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), heads next to Gov. Jerry Brown (D).
Republicans supporting the suit filed by attorneys general in a federal court in Texas say they will find other ways to protect consumers with medical problems but they haven’t shown yet how they would do that. Stateline also look at premiums that have been announced for 2019 plans.
But officials said the increase would have been closer to 5 percent had the individual mandate not been zeroed out.
The plans allow insurers to offer coverage that doesn’t follow all the strict regulations in the Affordable Care Act.
The provisions that should be “struck down” include protecting people with pre-existing medical conditions from being charged more or being denied coverage, according to the Justice Department. Now, it will be up to several Democratic state attorneys general, led by California AG Xavier Becerra, to defend the law, and they have already received permission to intervene in the case.
Gavin Newsom, the Democratic lieutenant governor and a proponent of a single-payer health care system, won a spot in the general race for governor last night. He’ll face Republican businessman John Cox in the fall.
Lee, driven by a desire to make health care more attainable, runs one of the most closely watched government agencies in the nation’s most populous state.