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Obamacare in the Ballot Box: Quick Take on Kentucky Governor’s Race from California

Heading into last Tuesday’s mid-term election, there was plenty at stake for the future of health reform (HBO’s John Oliver tried to warn us), particularly in states that have refused or have yet to decide whether to implement the optional Medicaid expansion—or had decided, like Kentucky, to opt in, not because the political winds were blowing […] Read More

Healthy San Francisco 2.0: SF Health Commission Votes to Modernize Healthy San Francisco, Mainly by Upgrading Affordability Standards

This blog was written by Rose Auguste and Judi Hilman of Health Access. Graphic courtesy of San Francisco Department of Public Health. On Tuesday, August 4th San Francisco’s Health Commission authorized the first major upgrades to Healthy San Francisco and City Option, the main platforms for universal coverage in San Francisco, since full implementation of […] Read More

Insure the Uninsured Project Conference: Highlights

This year’s ITUP gathering, fittingly dedicated to Peter Harbage, featured many key insights and “take homes” for advocates. Rather than lament the absence of consumer voices from any of the plenary and workshop sessions, here’s our report with comment and reflection on most of the sessions in italics. Actionable News from Covered California Covered California Director Peter Lee […] Read More

Thanks, ObamaCare!

Our friends in Colorado have begun a campaign called, “Thanks, ObamaCare!” to reclaim the term that opponents of the federal health law have used. They have a nifty website, and this really neat video: Health Access California promotes quality, affordable health care for all Californians.

A Health Care House of Horrors…

Our friends in Minnesota have a Halloween-themed video encouraging people to pay attention to the Supercommittee, which will be making decisions on Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security: Health Access California promotes quality, affordable health care for all Californians.

On Wisconsin! [UPDATED]

Tomorrow, the HHS Network, including Health Access California, is having a rally at 12 noon on the North Steps of the Capitol to spotlight the steep cuts in health and human services in the proposed California budget. Later that evening, at 5:30 on the West Steps of the Capitol, there will be another rally, protesting […] Read More

Messing with Texas…

When in DC this week, I was with health and consumer advocates from other states, including from Texas, which recently has made news considering withdrawing from the Medicaid program–something that is unlikely but sort of shocking just to think about. Suzy Khimm of Mother Jones magazine, guest-posting on Ezra Klein’s Washington Post blog, has been […] Read More

More on Hawaiian health care…

We’ve already written about Rush Limbaugh’s hypocrisy in describing Hawaiian health care, which has long had health reform, in particular with a more robust employer mandate than anything envisioned in federeal health reform bills. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart picks up the meme, with correspodent John Oliver using the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting […] Read More

HCAN on moving forward…

Here’s a statement by Richard Kirsch, National Campaign Manager, Health Care for America Now: “Health Care for America Now is committed to winning a guarantee of good, affordable health care we all can count on, and we will continue to push aggressively to get the best health care reform bill possible to the President’s desk […] Read More

Another view from Massachusetts…

Can we hear from folks in Massachusetts? First of all, it isn’t news that Bay State voters have the ability to pull the lever for the GOP. Before the current Governor, the last Democrat in the statehouse in Boston was Michael Dukakis, when I entered college at Amherst a generation ago. Since then, Republicans have […] Read More