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Consumer Advocates: Obamacare Repeal Would Be Disastrous For California

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House Speaker Paul Ryan holds a press conference about his 2016 agenda and GOP efforts to repeal Obamacare.

Californians will share nearly $4.6 billion in federal tax credits to buy health insurance this year, something that consumer advocates warn would evaporate if Republican leaders in Congress get their way.

Republicans in Congress and President-elect Donald Trump have pledged to repeal Obamacare.

A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation reveals how dependent Californians are on federal subsidies to buy health insurance, a key component of the Affordable Care Act that GOP officials want to dismantle.

The report reveals 1.2 million people who are enrolled in a Covered California plan are receiving subsidies this year. They’re getting an average of $309 a month in federal tax credits.

Anthony Wright, executive director of the nonprofit group Health Access California, said if federal subsidies are eliminated, most people will just drop their coverage.

“And everybody else will be left in a smaller, sicker insurance pool, which means rates will skyrocket, if insurers don’t leave the market altogether," Wright said.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-CA, says he wants to repeal key elements of Obamacare without having a program to replace it.

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