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California Consumer Groups Blast Obamacare Repeal Plan

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., center, standing with Energy and Commerce Co...

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Above: House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., center, standing with Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., right, and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., left, speaks during a news conference on the American Health Care Act on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

Consumer groups call the Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act a major step backward for California.

The plan from House Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act would be disastrous for California.

That's the word from California consumer groups, who have a laundry list of complaints about the proposal.

Under the Republican plan, the tax credits people get to help them pay for health insurance would be based on age, not income.

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That means Californians would likely get less financial support.

Funding for the Medi-Cal program would be capped at 2016 levels. Moving forward, the state would have to pick up more of the tab.

Anthony Wright, executive director of the nonprofit Health Access California, calls it a giant step backward.

“This isn’t repeal and replace — it’s repeal and destroy the coverage for millions of Californians, who buy coverage as individuals, or who depend on the Medi-Cal program," Wright said.

The Republican proposal would also do away with the rule that health plans have to cover at least 60 percent of the cost of care. Under the plan, insurers could sell policies that cover only a small fraction of health care costs.

Supporters say the repeal proposal provides some necessary fixes to the Affordable Care Act.


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