Theory of change…

As we approach the February 5th primary election in California, we’re getting more calls about the differences between the candidates in their health care plans. Elizabeth Fernandez had a story in the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday.

As we have cited in previous posts (as has folks like Robert Reich), the three remaining candidates have very similar plans, that include major public program expansions, required employer contributions, the creation of new purchasing pools and public insurance options; regulations on insurers, including stopping denials of coverage for health status; cost containment that includes prevention and information technology; and more. (For those that think the framework of the plans are similar to AB x1 1, you’re right.) They have sometimes picked fights over the individual mandate, but that’s a relatively minor difference.

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