|By The Fresno Bee|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Brown set aside
In addition, Brown committed the state to a major plank of the federal Affordable Care Act: coverage of people without children earning up to 138% of the federal poverty line, which is
This was a smart decision by the governor for many reasons.
The costs of covering more people now eligible for
Both efforts will set up more people with primary care providers and get folks out of emergency rooms, where care is extraordinarily expensive.
It should not be overlooked that with half of
Despite Brown's recent embrace of Obamacare,
Thirty-seven states empower their insurance commissioners to veto exorbitant medical insurance rate hikes. In our state, the insurance commissioner doesn't have that power -- even though he or she can roll back unjustified premium increases for auto and homeowner insurance.
Thus, with implementation of the Affordable Care Act, medical insurance companies that must toe the line most places around the country may be tempted to engage in cost-shifting and to sock it to Californians on their premiums.
A 2014 ballot measure backed by state Insurance Commissioner
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