Orphans and widows…

The short version is that if this were a bill, Health Access California would oppose.

There are improvements, especially with regard to the public program expansions and subsidies, which we strongly support.

At the same time, we are disheartened that the plan seems to go backward from the January proposal in many areas, as we learn the details of certain components–especially with regard to protections for consumers in the individual market.

The framework of an individual mandate without condition or exemption makes these not just shortcomings, but policy that would provide a burden, rather than a benefit, to hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of California consumers.

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